- Some words of advice have been spoken to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF)
- Both Christian organisations have been in rancour over CAN's visit to President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his election victory
- Advising CAN and NCEF, the public relations officer of the latter, Elder Sunday Oibe, said that Christians should not be fighting each other
The misunderstanding and unrest that have grown between the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) over the former's visit to President Muhammadu Buhari have again been addressed.
In a recent statement by its director of legal and public affairs, Samuel Kwamkur, CAN had said that NCEF had no moral standing to decry its visit to President Buhari because as it has been disbanded since 2018, Vanguard reports.
However, the public relations officer of NCEF, Elder Sunday Oibe, said that it is wrong for CAN to insult the forum who has a lot of contribution to the association to its credit.
In advising both religious bodies, Oibe said: “What is happening between CAN and NCEF is a personality problem which uninformed officials must be careful to respond to because its deep rooted and unless you are fully briefed you will just making a mockery of our faith.
"There is no problem between the two bodies be-cause are playing complementary roles in the interest of the Church. It’s a personality, ego and pride problem and it will soon be over. I can assure you that after July all of these will fizzle out,” he said matter of factly.
“I expect all the issues to clear before rushing to pay a congratulatory visit to the president. The people who went have their reasons for going but I am not happy that CAN and NCEF are pitched against themselves.
"Do you see Arewa Consultative Forum, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, JNI and all the Islamic groups fighting in the public?
"Why must Christians be fighting themselves? “If tomorrow you have a different CAN president who has understanding there will be not fight because the role of CAN and that of NCEF are complementing one another.
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"National Christian Elders are not looking for pulpit to preach. They are mostly people who have reached the pinnacle of their profession and just want to give back to the faith they belong to.
“I also need to stress here that nobody has the authority to disband any other because some of these people issuing statements today have forgotten some of these elders laid the foundation of the things they’re enjoying today."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the leadership of CAN on Friday, March 28, made five requests while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election.
The association leaders numbering about 30 had a closed door session with the president at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock.
Samson Ayokunle, the national president of CAN who led the team met with the president said the association was not under pressure to congratulate Buhari, as widely reported.
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