Vanguard (Lagos)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: CAN Crisis - Atilade Wants End to Media War By Leaders

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Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

Lagos — Chairman South-West Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Tuesday, called for a cease-fire to end the raging press war by some national leaders of the organization.

Atilade said in a statement in Lagos, yesterday, that the war should stop without delay before any damage was done to the entire Christendom and polarize its members nationwide.

He cautioned that if the crisis was allowed to persist, it might erode the vision, mission and objectives of CAN's founding fathers, stressing that what the present leadership should do was to dialogue instead of engaging in press war.

The South-West CAN leader pointed out that Christians would be shooting themselves in the foot if they should engage themselves in unnecessary friction or rancour when there was a common enemy, the Boko Haramcrisis facing them frontally.

Atilade, president of Christian Welfare Initiative, CWI, and chairman, South West Zone of Organised African Instituted Churches, OAIC, said CAN should put its house in order instead of precipitating crisis that could consume the entire organization if not properly managed and allow out-siders to meddle into CAN's internal affairs.

He futher stated that a house divided against itself can never stand.

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