Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 January 2013

Nigeria: You Can Pull Out, Northern CAN Tells Catholics

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said the decision by the Roman Catholic Church to pull out from CAN, was based on its loss of the Presidency to pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.

The Public Relations Officer of the 19 Northern States of CAN and Abuja, Mr. Sunny Oibe, in an interview with Journalists on Wednesday night also accused Catholics of arrogance.

"There is no division in CAN and we are all speaking with one language," he said.

"There is no need for anybody to lose sleep over the threat by Catholics to pull out of CAN because without them CAN will still continue. The constitution of CAN makes provision that membership can be terminated by any group that is misbehaving or any group can also terminate their membership.

"Why is it that when Catholics were in the leadership of CAN, every bloc supported them but now because power has changed hands, they are threatening to pull out and causing confusion?" he queried.

Oibe further said, "Catholics have accused the current CAN leadership led by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of being pro-government. But if you look at the whole scenario, you will be able to find out who between Oritsejafor and Onaiyekan is closer to government."

He argued that, "The problem of Catholics is ...they don't want to be under anybody but they want everybody to be under them. it doesn't work like that because there is no seniority in CAN."

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