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Northern Christians break away from CAN

15 August 2016, 14:21

Abuja - Northern Christians said they have broken away form the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Daily Trust reports.

The Christians under the groups identified as Concerned Christians of Nigeria and Northern Nigerian Christians said recent political happenings and ‘corruption’ in the apex Christian body, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), forced them to revert to the pre-independence Northern Nigerian Christian Association (NNCA).

In a joint press conference in Jos On Sunday, Rev. Luka Shehu of Concerned Christians of Nigeria and Peter Luka of Northern Nigerian Christians, said the decision to revert to the Northern Nigerian Christians Association became necessary following what they described as the ‘travesty of justice, lies and manipulation’ that led to the emergence of Rev. Supo Ayokunle as CAN President.

They accused the past CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor, of deliberately frustrating the candidature of Rev. Jeremiah Gado of the TEKAN/ECWA bloc to prevent the emergence of a northerner.

Rev. Shehu and Hon. Luka said billions of naira had been donated to CAN nationally and internationally to support Christians suffering from the activities of Boko Haram in the North-East but said, “Not a single kobo has been given.”

The groups said it will on Monday begin registration of the northern Christian body and will situate its headquarters in Abuja.

News24 had reported the emergence of Reverend Supo Ayokunle as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The statement was signed by Reverend Musa Asake, the General Secretary of CAN.

It stated that Ayokunle got 54 votes to defeat Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW), who got 28 votes.

- News 24

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