Crisis Rocks CAN, Group Vows North Will Boycott Thursday’s NEC Meeting
By: Bashir Bello Dollars
Worried over the alleged hijacking of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) by its President, Reverend Samson Supo Ayokunle, a group, Northern Christian Youth Movements, has threatened that the North will boycott the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the association billed for Thursday November 5, 2020.
This was expressed in a statement signed by Reverend Peter Alhamdu, made available to our correspondent on Wednesday night.
“He has cancelled the general assembly just to foist his agenda on us. We shall resist.
*The delegates from the North are already planning to boycott the NEC meeting fixed for tomorrow,” the statement informed.
It further warned that there’s tension in the CAN over the vehement opposition of Northern CAN over the handling of affairs of the association by its President, Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle who is allegedly planning to expunge the Northern CAN from a new constitution despite all efforts by delegates from the 19 Northern states and Abuja.
“Since Ayokunle took over as CAN President, the organisation has been divided.
“While Ayokunle persisted in attacking President Buhari’s administration over lopsided appointments, he has sacked and cleaned up the staff at the National Ecumenical Centre Abuja and brought in Yorubas.
“Out of the five (5) CAN National Executives four (4) are Yoruba only one from the (19) Northern states and Abuja.
“The five (5) Directors of CAN, only one (1) from the North too.
“The security personnel are also not left out as he has sacked the CSO, a retired Colonel who sacrificed so much to bring Ayokunle on board. Trust Ayokunle, he brought another Yoruba man from his village as replacement.
“The accountant was imported into Abuja from same Ibadan where Ayokunle comes from.
“The CAN administrative Secretary is also Yoruba.
“It seems they are planning to uproot the main Ecumenical Centre auditorium and move it to Ibadanx the group alleged.
They said that they are sounding the last warning to Ayokunle, whom was described as “the tribal jingoist” to allow smooth process of the CAN Constitution review or they will seek redress in court.
“What kind of leader is this dictator sitting as President of CAN?
“CAN has been in court ever since he resumed over gross injustice,” they submitted.