CAN speaks on Obasanjo’s letter, advises FG

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Former president, chief Olusegun Obasanjo

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has urged the Federal Government to treat the letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo with seriousness because of the issues raised in it.

CAN President, Revd Samson Ayokunle made the call in Abuja at a press briefing on the State of the Nation on Thursday night.

Ayokunle, who noted that the last three years had been tough in terms of insecurity, said: “CAN is interested in the former President’s letter being treated with all sense of responsibility and accountability as a country because of the issues raised in it.

“We think the aim of the writer is to call the attention of the nation to things that are capable of setting fire on the nation. We think that every Nigerian has a right, as a part of this society, if he or she sees something that will threaten the peace of this nation to bring it up and let it be treated and given the attention it needs.”

On the allegation of rape leveled against Senior Pastor of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Ayokunle said: “Our position is that the allegation no matter how bad it may be remains at allegation level until it is properly investigated and we have a truth to hold onto.

“However, we have given the right to Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to investigate the matter, because we don’t deal with individual churches, we deal with blocs.”

On the 2019 elections, CAN President noted that the 2019 general elections were not free and fair in all parts of the country, adding that the outcome of the polls especially in rural areas failed to reflect the wishes of the people.

He stated that the Church had submitted its report on the election to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, following the findings of its over 1,048 election monitors and observers.