CAN makes u-turn, moves to congratulate Buhari on election victory

By Luminous Jannamike

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has denied being under any form of pressure to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at last month’s presidential election.

CAN says as a religious group, it remains apolitical and would congratulate and rejoice with whoever  Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared the winner of the fiercely contested poll.

Recall that a source within the national leadership of CAN had, in a recorded conversation, told Vanguard on Wednesday, that some influential persons in government were unrelenting in their persuasion for the Church to pay the President a congratulatory visit.

However, CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement, yesterday,  by his media aide, Bayo Oladeji, dismissed the report, saying there’s no such pressure on the church from any quarters

He said: “There was no iota of truth in the story. There was no pressure whatsoever from any quarter on the leadership of the association to congratulate Mr President on his victory in the recently held Presidential poll.

“It is a normal thing for CAN to rejoice and to congratulate whoever wins the Presidential poll in the country because of its political neutrality. We have been doing this before. We did it in 2015 and we are wondering why it has to be different this year.”

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