The northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has distanced itself from the meeting held in Abuja by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Lawal Babachir and others with chairmen of the CAN from the region.
Dogara, Babachir and others had met over the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress. Northern CAN in its reaction said it had taken a position on the Muslim-Muslim ticket and does not have anything to do with the meeting. The Secretary General of Northern CAN, Sunday Oibe while addressing newsmen at the meeting said none of the officials of the association was invited to the meeting. Oibe said, “We take exception to that, we are not part of it and will never be part of it. Any time we want to speak, we have our channels of speaking. “It is not true that the leadership Chairmen of the Christian Association (Northern CAN) in the Northern states, met in Abuja, to take a position on the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket.” CAN noted that the claim that some of its members met in Abuja to deliberate on the same-faith ticket is an attempt to divide the association. Oibe further stated that CAN is not a political party, but it has its members across all political parties. He added, “We want to use this opportunity to tell the world that Northern CAN has leadership in the person of Rev. Yakubu Pam, who is the chairman, Rev Fr Dodo as the Vice Chairman and myself as the secretary among other officials. We have an official channel of communication.” The CAN Secretary warned Dogara, Babachir and others against dragging CAN into their grievances against the Muslim/Muslim ticket.
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