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Tension in CAN over leadership succession

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Ahead of the expiration of the tenure of the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in July, a group, Christ Redeemers Union (CRU), claimed the Presidency was interested in its election for selfish reasons.

CRU’s National Director, Dr. Ebenezer Olusola Abednego told reporters in Abuja that Christians would resist any plan by the Presidency to install its choice as CAN president

He said: ‘There is tension in CAN and the action of the Presidency has polarised the association along North-South dichotomy as northern religious leaders are being lobbied to support the plot.

‘We have it on good authority that any leader being installed by the Presidency in CAN would avoid any virulent criticism of the Buhari government and this has informed its desperation to install a leadership that will not be critical.’

But Special Adviser to the President (Media and Communications) Mr. Femi Adesina dismissed the allegation.

He said: ‘It means that some Nigerians don’t know their President. Your President, Muhammadu Buhari, does not interfere in things like that; so they need to know the person who is their President.

‘The people making the allegation can’t insist that they are correct because that is the man for you and Buhari doesn’t interfere in anything. If he doesn’t interfere in state elections where his party, APC, is having candidates, how will he interfere in CAN elections? They don’t know their President.

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