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CAN crisis: Ortisejiafor lacks the powers to suspend us-BACFON

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SIMON EBEGBULEM

BENIN CITY-THE crisis rocking the Christian Association (CAN) heightened Friday, as the Bishops and Clerics Forum of Nigeria (BACFON) , who were purportedly suspended by the South South Chairman of the Association, Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, threatened legal action against the national leadership of the association.

They described their purported suspension as nonsensical, saying that the national President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejiafor rushed into conclusion by backing their suspension which according to them will not stand the test of time.

The chairman of CAN in the South South, had announced the suspension of the Bishops and Clerics Forum of Nigeria, following the latter’s moves to reconcile with President Goodluck Jonathan with the G.7 Governors. The South South CAN accused the Bishops of dabbling into politics which it described as unacceptable.

But in a statement signed by the BACFON President, Prophet Jones Ode-Erue, made available to Vanguard, the group argued that it was not true that their interest was only on the G-7governors, emphasizing that “ that our consultations has been centered on injustice, impunity, declension in tolerance amongst leaders and political office holders and insecurity.

“We want to correct in strong terms the misconstruction of our mission by our detractors and urge the press not to be cowed into such deception. It is a known fact that clerics, the world over, are known to be non-partisan and a true man of God will never take side with either party in a dispute” it stated.

On their purported suspension, it stated that “Avwomakpa has no capacity to suspend us. He is not our member, we only invited him to join us when our delegation visited Governor Rotimi Amaechi. We give him 48 hours to retract the announcement of our suspension and all the bad things he said about us on Delta Television or else we will institute legal action against him and CAN”,

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