According to Archbishop Okoh, CAN is well-known for its nonpartisan stance.
The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Archbishop Daniel Okoh, has removed himself from the latest list of Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council members.
The revised version of the presidential campaign council list included Okoh’s name as well as the names of some of the body’s departed officials.
In response, the CAN President stated that the development was concerning and cited CAN’s well-known nonpartisanship stance.
“At the end of the probe, CAN will take fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body I lead by the grace of the Almighty God,” Okoh said.
The statement signed by Okoh himself reads: “My attention as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been drawn to the revised list of members of the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council wherein the names of some outgoing officials of the body were featured.
“Such a development is worrisome because it counters the well-known stance of CAN on partisanship.
“I want to categorically exonerate my humble self from this development and any of such that may occur in the future.
“I want to use this medium to assure all Christians in Nigeria and the general public that since I received the news, I have commenced full investigation into how the officials got involved into overt partisanship.
“At the end of the probe, CAN will take fair, but decisive and appropriate action with a view to defending the ideals of the umbrella Christian body I lead by the grace of the Almighty God.
“On a final note, I urge the general public to be calm while we collectively work to entrench a culture of inclusion and respect for our religious diversities in our political leadership”.
It should be recalled that the ruling APC presented two Muslim candidates, Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, to compete for the positions of president and vice president, which led CAN to recently oppose the APC’s presidential ticket.