Stop discussing national issues in public - FG tells CAN

Stop discussing national issues in public - FG tells CAN

- The federal government is not happy that the Christian Association of Nigeria goes public with its stance on public issues

- The government says issues innocently discussed in public stand the risk of being misconstrued, distorted and blown out of proportion

- The government made the observation through the minister of special duties and international affairs, Senator George Akume

The federal government has advised the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to seek an audience with it privately on national issues rather than go public on its stance.

The advice was given by the minister of special duties and international affairs, Senator George Akume to the Christian body.

Akume is a former governor of Benue state and the immediate past senator representing Benue North West in the National Assembly.

Daily Trust reports that Akume hosted a CAN delegation in his office in Abuja on Wednesday, October 2 led by the association's president, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.

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According to Akume, issues innocently discussed in public stand the risk of being misconstrued, distorted and blown out of proportion.

His words: “Honestly, it is always good to seek interaction with government, sometimes off camera. It makes a lot of good because if you say sometimes innocently, something that is innocently put across could be distorted and magnified for social purpose

“The purpose of government is to provide security for people and property. The government is doing whatever it can to tackle insecurity. Your duty is to provide spiritual guidance.”

Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and national coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Iba Gani Adams, has charged the federal government to restructure Nigeria before it is too late.

According to him, if the federal government refuses to restructure the country in the next few months, the association would have no other option than to get involved in politics.

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Speaking during the celebration of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) 25th anniversary in Lagos, Adams said the way Nigeria is structured would leave it in nothing else but disaster.

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