Bauchi CAN endorses Abubakar for re-election
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bauchi State Chapter, has said that it is endorsing Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar for re-election next year for his efforts in making the state safe for Christians.
The state CAN Chairman, Rev. Joshua Ray Maina, who made the declaration yesterday when the Christian community in the state paid a courtesy call on the governor as part of the activities of the Christmas celebration, said: “We are here to recognise the one in the position of authority of our land.
“During the Christmas celebration, we do recognise the efforts of the authorities, not just the leaders of the church but leaders of the land whom God has given the authority to govern us. That’s why we are here to declare our unquestionable loyalty and support of Christian Association of Nigeria, Bauchi State Chapter, to your government.
“To an extent, we have forgotten the history of massacre during worship. This has become a thing of the past. This has become possible because some people became committed to securing the lives and property of the state. Your Excellency, you are one of those people.”
The CAN leader, who commended the governor for sponsoring more Christians to Jerusalem, promised to lead prayers for Abubakar’s success in office.
However, the Christian leaders pleaded with the governor to lift up the continued curfew in part of Yelwa area of the Bauchi capital, which was imposed by the government in late November over the killing of three persons by the rivalry youths.
The governor, while responding, said he had forgiven the “transgression” in the areas and promised to consult the security chiefs before lifting the curfew.
Abubakar, who thanked the association for its support for his administration, promised to donate a vehicle and an office to the Christian community in the state, saying: “Almighty God has created us to live and understand ourselves, and that is why He created us together.”