The Presidency has warned the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from making statement capable of causing discord among Nigerians.
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Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Wednesday said that the association is antagonizing President Muhammadu Buhari and misleading Nigerians.
The spokesman was reacting to the statement of Kwamkur Samuel, CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, alleging that the Presidency failed to pay ransom to rescue kidnapped Chibok girls because the majority of them are Christians. Samuel had also said the Dapchi girls were rescued because most of them were Muslims.
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The statement read in part, “We are again constrained to react to unfounded allegations by the CAN about the payment or non-payment of ransom for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.
“When the media in August 2018 quoted a United Nations report alleging that the Federal Government paid a “huge ransom” for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, immediately disputed the report, insisting that no ransom was paid, “little or huge.” According to the Minister, “There must be conclusive evidence to support such a claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is – a mere conjecture.”
“And we ask, “Who should Nigerians or CAN rather believe if there is good faith?
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“We urge CAN to desist from disinformation which can further divide Nigerians. The letter and spirit of the Holy Bible do not support discord, which CAN’s allegations are liable to cause.”
The statement urged the association to desist from antagonising the administration at every attempt to “move Nigeria forward before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.”