THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied allegations by a group under the aegis of Christ Redeemers Union (CRU), that the Presidency is plotting to install a northerner as successor to President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor whose tenure expires in July 2016.
The group alleges that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is said to be interested in sponsoring a pro- President Muhammadu Buhari clergy from the north to avoid any radical opposition to his administration from the Christian community.
But the General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake has dismissed the allegation, saying he is not aware of any plot by the presidency to install anybody as CAN president.
“The Presidency has never challenged CAN on anything; the story doesn’t make sense at all.We have not even released the timetable for the election, they are just trying to create problem for us”, he added
The National Director of CRU, Dr. Ebenezer Olusola Abednego, told journalists on Sunday in Abuja, that Christians would resist any plan by the Presidency to install a CAN Presidency of its preference.
“Our determination to resist Buhari and APC in determining who becomes president of CAN is a battle of No Retreat, No Surrender.
A top official in the Presidency, who is spearheading the campaign, has started deploying resources for logistics towards ensuring the emergence of a church leader in the northern part of the country believed to be friendly to Buhari.
“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 their desperation to install a leadership that will not be critical.
“But we are vehemently opposed to government meddling into a purely religious affair and should the Presidency succeed in installing an APC-Buhari stooge, we will pull out of CAN. We are ready for them.
We have it on good authority that some Muslim leaders from the north are behind the plot. But by the power in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, every knee shall bow and they won’t succeed.”
In a telephone interview with The Guardian, Asake said he has never heard of the name of the group making the allegations.
He said: “ I have never heard of the name before; have they been in existence or did they create the name just for the purpose of talking to the press? I am not aware of any interference by the presidency in CAN’s election.”