- CAN said it has not congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election
- The religious group said it is under pressure to do so
- CAN said it was waiting for the outcome of the court case
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that it has not gone to Aso Rock to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.
Vanguard reports that the Christian body said it was waiting for the controversy surrounding the presidential election be resolved in court first before going to do so.
CAN claimed that it is under pressure to congratulate President Buhari and that the pressure has turned to subtly blackmail.
A source in CAN’s national executive body claimed the church is now being polarised.
He said: “We have seen how they are polarising the church so that it cannot act as a body. The Bible says the house divided against itself cannot stand. This is where we find ourselves today. If there’s no unity among us, who says the enemy cannot attack and go away? It’s very unfortunate.
“If you know the pressure mounted on CAN leadership that we, as a body, have to go and congratulate the president. However, the church is saying this election is controversial and we see what is happening. But, they are still mounting pressure seriously.
“They are telling us if we don’t congratulate him, it means we are against him and that we are partisan. However, we are saying let them resolve the issues (in court) before we go and congratulate whoever wins. That’s the situation we find ourselves as the Church of God.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says it is the role of the church to fast and pray for those in government and leadership positions in order to bring God’s plans for the nation to fruition.
Osinbajo’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a statement on Friday, February 15, in Abuja said that the vice president spoke on Thursday, February 14, in Jos at a one-day special prayer forum for a peaceful 2019 elections in Plateau and Nigeria in general.
The event was organised by the Plateau state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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