Christian Youths Accuse SGF of Politicising Church Election Process, Imposing Candidate

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By Adedayo Akinwale

The Patriotic Christian Youths of Nigeria (PYCN) has accused the Secretary to the Government‎ of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal, of using “subtle and forceful” means towards ensuring that a particular candidate emerges as the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)‎ during the forthcoming election.

The president of the body, Evang. Simon Nasso, made this known on Monday in Abuja after its stakeholders’ meeting, where it frowned on some people in government, whom he claimed are bent on making sure that the church election process is deeply politicised.

According to him, “The founders and builders of CAN in the past have very good intentions of uniting Christians in Nigeria. If the structure that the church is expected ‎to shine the light into becomes the body that decides her leadership, then the entire Christians of Nigeria will be in trouble.”

‎When asked if the president has interest in who becomes the president of CAN, Nasso stated: “We as an organisation cannot say the president has interest, but we know very well that his government appointees who are Christians, particularly the SGF and his cohorts, are seriously having interest in who becomes the next CAN president in Nigeria.

“They are always out disturbing our leaders in CAN about trying to ensure that a particular candidate emerge during the forthcoming CAN election. Whether the president is using him to do it, we as an organisation we don’t know. For now we know that some of the government top appointees are on top of our leaders neck to make sure they bring a particular candidate to become the CAN president,” he noted