Vanguard (Lagos)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: Don't Destroy Can, Cleric Appeals to Catholic Church

Benin — FORMER national chairman of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Dr. Dele Oluwatade has appealed to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, to review its decision to pull out of CAN, saying that such action would provide a leeway for the enemies to destroy the Church, reports GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE.

Reacting to the reasons given by the Catholic Church for pulling out of CAN, Dr. Oluwatade told Vanguard in Benin that, "the allegation that the CAN President was too close to government should be well looked into and analyzed so as to understand exactly what is happening because the Bible says we should pray for our leaders including presidents, governors, Obas and all those in government.

"So, the Catholic Church has to clarify the issue for the sake of national interest where the CAN President is compromising with the government, that is critically important for an arm of CAN to say no", he said, adding that there were several avenues within the hierarchy of CAN where disputes could be resolved without going public. He insisted that it was the lack of mutual respect and understanding among church leaders that is responsible for the scourging of churches in the North by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

According to him, "that is the major problem that we are facing and that is the divine reason why the Boko Haram will continue to scourge the church; until all our leaders purge themselves of their pride and wickedness."

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