Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said it remained apolitical and would congratulate and rejoice with whoever wins the presidential election in the country.
Vanguard reports that CAN made this known on Thursday, March 28, while denying being under pressure to congratulate President Buhari on his re-election.
The association president, Samson Ayokunle, in a statement, by his media aide, Bayo Oladeji, said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story suggesting that we are under pressure to congratulate President Buhari on his reelection.
“There was no iota of truth in the story. There was no pressure whatsoever from any quarter on the leadership of the Association to congratulate the the president on his victory in the recently held presidential poll.
''It is a normal thing for CAN to rejoice and to congratulate whoever wins the presidential poll in the country because of its political neutrality.
''We have been doing this before. We did it in 2015 and we are wondering why it has to be different this year.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria said it had not gone to Aso Rock to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.
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.
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''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. ''
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