Sunday, July 17, 2016

ELECTION: Stop Turning CAN to a Political Party – Catholic Bishop Warns


The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta in Ogun State, Kayode Odetoyinbo, has cautioned the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, against dragging itself into the murky waters of politics.
‎The Catholic cleric gave the warning on Sunday in Abeokuta during during an interactive session with journalists as part of the SS Peter and Paul Church’s activities to mark the World Communication Day.
The CAN is set to elect a new national president in July – a development that resulted in allegations that the Presidency was planning to install a stooge as head of the foremost Christian body. The Presidency, however, dismissed the allegation, saying President Muhammadu Buhari does not interfere in the internal affairs of any organisation.

“CAN is not a political party and should not be turned to a political party”, Odetoyinbo warned. “Let God choose the right person for the association”.
The cleric also declined to state whether or not he would seek election to become the president of the umbrella body for Christians in the country.
“I can’t just wake up one day and say I want to be the president”, he said. “The Bishop’s conference has final say on that, so for now I am not saying I have interest”.
While not ruling himself out of contention, Mr. Odetoyinbo also offered some advice to whomever emerges as the CAN president to replace the outgoing president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.
“The leadership should know‎ that all churches belong to him, and not leader of a section of the churches. The CAN should speak with one voice. CAN should reunite all churches”, he stated.
The clergyman, who advised the next leadership to learn from mistakes of the past, also restated the Catholic Church’s view on alcohol consumption.
“There is nothing wrong in alcohol consumption, only that it has to be done with moderation”, he said. “Take note anything you do without moderation becomes a problem. Even when you take food or water without moderation it becomes a problem”.


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