The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh, has expressed serious shock following the inclusion of some members of the Christian body in the updates Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement on Thursday which was made available to Africa Daily News, New York, the CAN leader distanced himself from such political involvement, stressing that those involved are not working on behalf of CAN but themselves.
His words: ‘My attention as President of CAN has been drawn to the revised list of members of the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 Presidential Campaign Council wherein the names of some outgoing officials of the body were featured.’
He went on to posit that; ‘Such a development is worrisome because it counters the well-known stance of CAN on partisanship. I want to categorically exonerate my humble self from this development and any of such that may occur in the future.’
‘I want to use this medium to assure all Christians in Nigeria and the general public that since I received the news, I have commenced full investigation into how the officials got involved into overt partisanship.
‘At the end of the probe, CAN will take a fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body I lead by the grace of the Almighty God.
‘On a final note, I urge the general public to be calm while we collectively work to entrench a culture of inclusion and respect for our religious diversities in our political leadership.’
He assured that full investigation has commenced on the matter, and at the investigation, CAN will take fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body.
He called on all Christians and the public to be calm while they collectively work to entrench a culture of inclusion and respect for Nigeria’s religious diversities in political leadership.