CAN, Christian elders’ forum in words of war over visit to Buhari

CAN, Christian elders’ forum in words of war over visit to Buhari

- NCEF has berated the CAN president, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, over his post-election visit to President Buhari

- CAN led by Rev. Ayokunle had visited Buhari to congratulate him on his reelection at the Saturday, February 23, presidential election

- The association while reaction to elders forum said the bible does not compel Christians to respect the leaders that love or behave well to them

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF)’s condemnation of its visit to President Muhammadu Buhari as “baseless.”

Premium Times reports that the association made this known in a statement signed by its director legal and public affairs, Samuel Kwamkur.

Kwamkur said the NCEF which has been disbanded by the leadership of CAN almost a year ago has no right to fault the decision of the association.

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According to him, “It is right for CAN to visit and congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari who has been declared winner of the just concluded 2019 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“I was part of the delegation of CAN, it is getting to one year now since CAN disassociated itself from the activities of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF). The decision to visit President Muhammadu Buhari is not supposed to be with their knowledge since they are not part of CAN.

“If CAN is going right they will go left. CAN has no business with the elders forum on this matter. Most of the leaders of CAN were in that team who went to see President Buhari. The five blocs constituting CAN was fully represented by the leaders of the blocs.

Kwamkur further said: “We visited Buhari as a constituted body, not a political party, neither do we share political interest as an association.

“We work with the authority that be and if INEC is the constituted authority with the mandate to conduct elections and declare the winner what reasons do we have to say no to it? It means we are being partisan, if we go against the decision of INEC.

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“Christians are advised to respect authorities. The bible did not say respect the leaders that love you or behave well to you. There is no condition to that admonition in the bible. If you read our speech to President Buhari we stated that we visited because INEC has declared Buhari winner.

“There is nothing wrong with the opposition going to court. In fact, we appreciate the moves to avoid crisis after election.

''If the court later decided in favour of the opposition, CAN will also go and congratulate the person again. We have also taken decision to see the opposition and share with them to encourage the rightful moves.

“I do not see why we should be fighting over this. We have been confronting this administration with the truth. How can the elders forum want to summon the CAN president and direct him on what to do? It is not proper.”

Earlier, reported that the visit by the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria led by Reverend Samson Ayokunle to President Buhari irked the anger of Christian elders forum in Nigeria.

The National Christian Elders Forum under the leadership of a former minister of defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.) and Solomon Asemota (SAN), faulted the congratulatory visit of the CAN to Buhari on his victory in the 2019 general elections, describing it as “morally and spiritually reprehensible.” ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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