Coalition opposes endorsement of a particular candidate by Bauchi CAN Chairman

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

A group known as Coalition of Christian Political Groups & Organizations has opposed the purported endorsement of a particular party candidate in Bauchi by the state Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Abraham Demius Damina.

While reading a text during a press conference at Fatima event center GRA, weekend, the Secretary of the Coalition, Hon Musa Saleh Ayuba (JP) said that the purported endorsement stands null and void.

“Gentlemen of the press, we are coalition of Christian political groups and organization in Bauchi State and we
intend to state our positions against the purported endorsement of a particular candidate of a political party by the Chairman of CAN Rev. Abraham D. Damina”, the secretary of the Coalition said.

He explained that the endorsement which is being circulated in social media where the CAN Chairman spoke in Hausa was a blanket statement, and that they take exception to it.

They stressed that, CAN is not a political party but an umbrella of Christian faithfuls comprising of members from different denominations.

The Coalition said CAN has membership that are affiliated to different political parties such as the ADC, APC, NNPP, PDP, LP, among others.

“We as members of Coalition of Christian Political Groups and Organizations whose faces are here, are ordained Reverends, Pastors, Evangelists, Elders and communicant members from different denominations, we take exception to the blanket position being propagated by the CAN Chairman”, the coalition said.

They maintained that the purported position of Rev. Abraham goes contrary to the aims and objectives of CAN.
They said the action of the CAN Chairman will not only cause divisions among the body of Christ in the state but will portray Christendom as political organization.

“We expect Christian leaders to be reverend enough with position of prayer. Our position is, the Chairman of CAN as a Christian leader should pray that God should give us a leader that will include Christians in the affairs of governance and development of Bauchi state”, the Secretary said.

“We also want to make it clear that, whosoever
person CAN has endorsed in the name of Christian communities in Bauchi, such
endorsement is hereby null and void”, the Coalition declared.

While calling for caution in order not to put the Christian communities in jeopardy, the Coalition further disassociated itself from what it described as ‘cheap propaganda”.

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