The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has distanced itself from the unveiling of the All Progressives Congress’s vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, claiming that those presented as church leaders are ‘unknown clerics.’
Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, General Secretary of CAN, stated on Thursday that the Christian body is surprised at how desperate politicians have become in their desire for power.
“We are shocked, disappointed and worried about the desperation of some politicians who once claimed Christians do not matter in governance and politics who went to hire some unknown ‘bishops, pastors and priests’ to impersonate the leadership of CAN in their political meeting.
“This is totally unacceptable, reprehensible, unprecedented and ungodly. If they are saying Christians have no electoral values why impersonating them in their meetings?”
“We are throwing their principals and sponsors into the court of conscience. These actions of theirs have shown who they are to the public and what they are capable of doing to us all,” Barrister Daramola declared in a brief communique.
CAN asked political parties not to ignore “religious sensibilities and sensibilities of the people especially in today’s Nigeria when Christians are becoming endangered species daily.
“Our quest is within the constitutional requirements and ignoring it is akin to trampling on the Constitution especially the Federal Character Act.”
The ecumenical body noted that at the fullness of time, it will direct its members nationwide on how to use their PVCs come 2023.