Oritsejafor Northern clerics to petition EFCC over ex-CAN president's tenure

The group denounced their membership of CAN to become members of the pre-independence Northern Nigeria Christian Association.

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A group under the aegis of Concerned Christians of Nigeria and Northern Nigerian Christians have threatened to petition the EFCC over some activities of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor during his reign as he President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The clerics under the Concerned Christians of Nigeria and Northern Nigerian Christians said they are also reverting their membership to join the pre-independence Northern Nigeria Christian Association over what was termed improprieties of CAN and its immediate past leader.

Speaking on Sunday, the leader of the aggrieved clerics, Luka Shehu said, “We are writing to EFCC to come and investigate CAN. The history of that aircraft of Pastor Oritsejafor should be investigated."

Continuing, Shehu said, “Is he encouraging every CAN President to get his own private jet? while the people are dying. It is injustice, wickedness and its malicious.

“We cannot continue to fold our hands while our leaders will be busy using jeeps, private aircrafts and building private Universities, and our brethren are dying of hunger.

“The outgoing CAN President, Oritsejafor, the CAN General Secretary Rev. Dr. Musa Asake and the TEKAN/ECWA Bloc leader Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau need to account for the five prado land cruiser jeeps given to CAN.

“In the spirit of freedom of choice and liberty to choose, we hereby state emphatically that those who wish to continue membership of CAN in the North are free to do so.

“However, considering our common shared values and peculiarities as Christians from the the North and in the absence of any understanding or compassion from CAN and after wide consultations amongst Christians leaders, traditional rulers, youths and women, we under this auspices from the North have unanimously decided to revert to the pre-independence Northern Nigeria Christian Association.

“Without sentiments or prejudice, today we have started a movement that will redeem the name of Christians in the North and Nigeria, through promoting equity and social justice, to fight corruption and promote evangelism”, he stressed.

Rejecting the electioneering process that produced Rev. Supo Ayokunle led CAN executive, Shehu stated that the election “was contrary to CAN constitution and the greatest travesty of justice, lies, manipulation and imposition by men in white collar and cassocks."

The group which is a conglomerate of churches from the North made this known on Sunday, August 14, 2016 in Jos, Plateau State.

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