‘Stop sounding like a political party’— Presidency tackles CAN over criticisms of Buhari's govt/ Femi Adesina

The Presidency has called on the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to be constructive in its criticisms of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

CAN has been critical of the government’s alleged insensitivity to the insecurity situation in country, particularly as regards to the persecution of Christians in the country.

Such criticisms intensified following Monday’s killing of CAN Chairman of Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa state, Lawan Andimi by Boko Haram.

The religious body had urged the president “to purge himself of the allegations of nepotism and religious favouritism by reconstituting the leadership of security outfits”.

But reacting in article titled: “Beheaded Adamawa Pastor: CAN Got It Mixed Up,” the President’s spokesman accused CAN of acting like a political party.

He said: “If any purging is to be done, is it not by those making allegations? The allegations lasted for many years, but truth eventually overtook them.

“If CAN would then still dwell on the discredited accusations, it must be the one to purge itself, as millions of Nigerians, including Christians, have already done. The insecurity in the country is not about any religion. It is pure evil, from the pit of hell.

“Let’s consider this part of the press statement. Maintenance of security is the least responsibility of any government that knows its worth. Not news. The constitution says so. But don’t you glean a hint of bile and bias in ‘that knows its worth?’ Oh, CAN, this is not the mind of our Master.

“He gives praises when due. Security is number one on the priorities of the Buhari administration. It has pumped time and humongous resources into it, and while the job is not fully done, we are not in the same position we were before the administration came.

“CAN says kidnappings and killings are shameful to a government that boasts that it has conquered insurgency. Boasts. So that is all that matters to CAN, as if it was an opposition political party? Boasts. No. This would not augur for unity and cohesion in a country.

“We are not asking the Christian body to be in bed with government, that would not help anybody, but the organization has been sounding too long like a political party.”