By Sam Eyoboka
THERE seems to be no end in sight to the crisis rocking the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, as a cleric accused the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, of corruption and plot to unseat CAN President, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.
Pastor Uche Chigo, a medical practitioner, said to be residing in Canada, had berated NCEF for raising funds through Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) to drive the Christian mobilization and harmonization project in readiness for Christian participation in governance, arguing that NCEF was out “to destroy the President of CAN and install one of your own who has never hidden his ambition of blackmailing the CAN President in order for him to become President.”
According to him, “you are the same person and your Elders Forum that have been destroying the image of CAN in the public. Your approach to issues is faulty, ungodly and misleading. You are vehemently accusing the President of CAN of corruption whom many of us know to be a man of integrity. All your claims are insinuations which lack empirical evidence.”
Asking if the NCEF contacted the CAN leadership to ask for its authorization to link their name with this new trust fund account that it has set up for the Christian Social Movement, Chigo alleged that it was a fraud.
In an open reaction signed by NCEF Secretary, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, the forum of eminent Christian Elders lamented that Chigo could virulently attack the elders, impugning ill motive to the work that NCEF is doing for the Body of Christ, saying that the grouse of “Pastor Uche Chigo” is that we are raising funds under the name of Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) to drive the Christian mobilization and harmonization project in readiness for Christian participation in Governance.
Emmanuel added: “The article is more of a virulent character attack, impugning ill motive to the work that NCEF is doing for the Body of Christ. One thing is clear, the slander is the work of a Church leader, or his agent, judging by the information twisted in the article”. He explained that the CAN Trust Fund designed to alleviate the sufferings of persecuted Christians is different from that of the Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN).