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CAN dismisses allegations against Ayokunle


National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has dismissed the statement by the chairman, Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC), David Kadzia, asking the national president of CAN, Dr. Supo Ayokunle, to quit over alleged plans to sell the association to a political party.

The association specifically described the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) and CNNC as alarmists and impersonators who invaded CAN with discrediting, frivolous, misleading and unfounded allegations against its leadership.

CAN’s director of National Issues and Mobilisation, Stephen Adegbite, stated that both organisations were alien to the CAN constitution and could not claim to be its supervisory board.

He said: “CAN has no supervisory body and the likes of NCEF that have been destroying and discrediting CAN for selfish reasons should be ignored.”

He described them as “false-alarmists” who are pursuing selfish interest, with an appeal on public sentiment to mislead them against a credible CAN leadership.

“Several Christian groups, including his own church bloc, have looked into Otubu’s petitions against CAN leadership and had faulted the allegations. CAN is not answerable to them and never would they unilaterally assume the position of supervisors for CAN.

“Their submissions on the report of the panel set up by National Executive Committee (NEC) of CAN on Otubu’s false allegations does not require their opinion to be valid,” he added.

CAN, however, admitted that its vice president, Prof. Joseph Otubu, had earlier petitioned the NEC of CAN over some grave allegations he levelled against the president.

“NEC, in response, set up a special committee to look into the petition as demanded by the petitioner. They invited the individuals involved to appear before the committee with evidences to substantiate the allegations and defend them with available documentary evidences.

“The only person connected to the historic assignment who did not appear before the committee was the petitioner, Prof. Otubu. He neither honoured the invitations nor contacted the committee, despite telephone calls, email and written letters sent by courier to him and signed for as received by his personal assistant.

“The panel, at the end of the investigation, discovered that his allegations are frivolous, baseless, false, misleading and unfounded.”

When contacted, Prof. Otubu described the leadership of CAN as unserious.

He said: “I have no comment to the allegations. It will be unwise for me to join issues with them. I choose to remain silent on the issue and speak at the right time.”

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