President Muhammadu Buhari has been abandoned by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as its leadership has denied endorsing him as the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming election.
CAN in a statement by its Special Assistant, Media and Communication, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said;
“Our attention has been drawn to a news story published by an online that has become notorious for publishing fake stories. According to the story, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the second term in office after CAN had met with some 14 Presidential candidates in Abuja.”
“There was nothing like that, either before, during or after the parley. At the tail end of the programme, the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle,who briefed the press, did not say any of the candidates has been endorsed.”
“Themotive is not to take for granted the 2019 elections. 2019 Nigeria will dependon next year’s presidential election. That is, how free and fair it is going tobe.”
“Thechurch cannot take the back seat in this situation because it can only prosperwhen Nigeria prospers. If the election is not free and fair, then, allNigerians, including the church, will be in trouble.”
“So,we decided to reach out to the presidential candidates to ask them theircredentials for aspiring to the highest office in the land. Also, tointerrogate their plans for all, including the church. We also brought themtogether to speak to their consciences so that they don’t set this nation onfire.”