In the statement signed by Gombe CAN Chairman, Fr. Joseph Shinga, the Christian leaders say, “We have been confronted with this from a very long time and it is playing out more significantly at the watch of this administration.”
“Fired by the sense of history, from 2019 (to be specific) a thicker margin line has been drawn against the Church in Gombe state for the simple reason that an enforcement of oppressive structures against the Church are strategically set in motion and this statement will correct a certain impression that we cannot live in Gombe as citizens of Nigeria with the freedom of our faith not respected,” they explain.
CAN officials bemoan police summons saying, “Our rightfully elected leadership of CAN Gombe State, have been persistently distracted with consistent invitations to appear before the police unduly and till this moment, reasons are yet to be officially handed to the leadership of CAN at any level as to why these invitations have become a recurring decimal.”
They invite the people of God in Gombe State and beyond “to remain calm until tomorrow, when we shall further appear before the police on another invitation which will determine our clearance to fix a new date for the grand reception of our Gombe State CAN Execute.”
“We call on His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Gombe State, Alh. Inuwa Yahaya, being the chief security officer, to immediately investigate and intervene on the so-called faction of the CAN leadership in the state, impersonating and parading as CAN leaders,” the representatives of Christian leaders in the Nigerian State say.
They further call on all Christians “to pray for the unity of the church and the peace of Gombe State.”
Meanwhile, CAN leadership in the Northern region of Nigeria has denied endorsing Governor Yahaya Bello for the office of Nigeria’s President in 2023.
In a Tuesday, February 1 report, CAN leadership describes the allegations as “a fabrication in an online report on the issue.”
“Northern CAN, from history, has NEVER adopted any individual for any elective position in the history of elections in Nigeria and neither will it do so this time,” the Public Relations Officer of Northern CAN, Chaplain Jechonia Gilbert, has been quoted as saying.
He adds, “Our duty to the Nigerian nation as a religious body, is to pray for the peace of the nation and encourage our members to participate in every constitutional process towards nation building.”