News: We Have Not Pulled Out Of CAN, Northern CAN Insists

Kaduna – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN ) in the 19 Northern States and FCT , on Monday refuted media reports that they had pulled out of the mother body. Rev . Sunday Ibrahim , the Financial Secretary, CAN Northern States , denied the purported pull out while speaking in Kaduna . Ibrahim , who is also the association ’s Secretary in Kaduna State , said that there was no time the state chapters contemplated pulling out of the apex body. “ We have raised some concerns about some developments at the national level and sought for redress , but we never considered pulling out as an option ,” he said . He emphasised that it was not the 19 northern states CAN that pulled out of the apex body, but some Christian stakeholders in the region. “ People should not confuse them with CAN in the 19 northern states and the FCT ; we are part of CAN and will remain in CAN . “ If you go through the publications very well , it said Northern Christians under the auspices of Concerned Christians of Nigeria ( CCN ) and Northern Nigerian Christians ( NNC ). “ Northern CAN was not part of the press briefing . “ As Christians and as Nigerians, they have the right to air their views and opinion . “ They are simply exercising their fundamental rights of freedom of speech and freedom of association,” he said . The official , however , urged the apex body to call aggrieved members to a round – table to amicably resolve all pending disagreements . CCN and the NNC had at a press briefing on Sunday in Jos , announced their decision to pull out of the apex Christian body. The groups said they had adopted the pre – independence name of Northern Nigerian Christian Association ( NNCA ) due to alleged political intrigues , travesty of justice and corruption in CAN . Rev . Luka Shehu of CCN and Hon . Peter Luka of NNC , at the press conference in Jos , also accused CAN of neglecting northern Christians affected by insurgency in the North -East . They alleged that the immediate past CAN President , Ayo Oritsejafor , deliberately frustrated the candidature of Rev . Jeremiah Gado of the TEKAN /ECWA bloc , to prevent the emergence of a northerner as CAN president .




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