By Ngozi Ekhator
A group of Christians under the umbrella of Christ Redeemers Union (CRU), on Sunday alleged that the Presidency had started mobilising its foot soldiers to have a pro-Buhari and APC Northern religious leader installed as leader of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at its scheduled July election for some selfish reasons.
The tenure of the incumbent President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, ends in July this year.
But ahead of that, tension is already mounting within the Christian community following the the interest allegedly being shown by the Presidency in the race.
If this pulls through, it would be a repeat of what transpired during the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
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 its candidate in CAN Presidency
He said, “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.
“The government official is funding some religious leaders in the North who have been recruited as foot soldiers to perfect the strategy.
“There is tension now in CAN and the action of the Presidency has polarised the association along North – South dichotomy as Northern religious leaders are being lobbied to support the plot.”
Olusola explained that the APC government was desperate in ensuring the emergence of its candidate in CAN to lead the Nigerian Christian community.
“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 affairs and should the Presidency succeed in installing an APC/Buhari stooge in CAN, 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”, he added.
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