President Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)
Abuja - The Borno State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied allegations of receiving money President Goodluck Jonathan as a bribe to help campaign for his re-election in the forthcoming polls.
The organisation was said to have received N7 million.
However, in a statement by its Chairman, Reverend Titus Pona, CAN said the allegation was not only falsehood but "baseless, fictitious and unfounded.
“The attention of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno state chapter has been drawn to a publication making its rounds in several of our National Dailies and other social media alleging that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan bribed pastors in the nation with the sum of N7 million and that this money was channeled through the National CAN's Office, for Pastors’ to help campaign for his re-election in the next polls scheduled for March 28, 2015,” the statement read
Pona said the association decided to response to the allegations credited to Pastor Musa Ali Kallamu Dikwa, who claimed to be in Borno State because it can mislead vulnerable members of the public.
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“Ordinarily, we would have ignored such wild allegation but for the specific mention of Borno state in the write up. Such allegation can easily mislead well meaning persons and perhaps vulnerable members of the public.”
He said Dikwa, who is recent convert from Islam to Christianity, had been a “charlatan” for some time.
“We thank God for that however he was not properly discipled. He took advantage of that to deceive several people especially to get the sympathy of Southern Christians. He is well known for that. We are therefore not surprised that he agreed to be a willing tool to be used to cause disaffection among the general populace. His claim to have been an associate pastor with EYN Farm Centre in Maiduguri is also untrue. Available records reveal that he was never a part of the staff of EYN.”
Pona added that the Borno State Chapter of the CAN had no knowledge of such allegation and did not collect any money.
The association urges the public to be wary of such characters in the like Dikwa.
“We urge well meaning Christians to pray for him pleading for God's mercies on his behalf.”