Fake Bishops: CAN accuses politicians of impersonation

One of the assumed Bishops

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of impersonating its members after the party arranged some individuals who posed as bishops to attend the unveiling of its vice presidential candidate, Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday.

CAN’s General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola, made this statement in a brief communiqué on Thursday. He added that the actions of the politicians only reflected how desperate they are.

Daramola said, “We are shocked, disappointed and worried about the desperation of some politicians who once claimed Christians do not matter in governance and politics who went on to hire some unknown ‘bishops, pastors and priests’ to impersonate the leadership of CAN in their political meeting.

“This is totally unacceptable, reprehensible, unprecedented and ungodly. If they are saying Christians have no electoral values why impersonate them in their meetings?

“We are throwing their principals and sponsors into the court of conscience. These actions of theirs have shown who they are to the public and what they are capable of doing to us all.”

He added that political parties should not ignore the religious sensibilities of the people especially in times that Christians have become endangered in the wave of insecurity in the country.

He continued, “Our quest is within the constitutional requirements and ignoring it is akin to trampling on the Constitution, especially the Federal Character Act.”

Similarly, the Kaduna state CAN Chairman, Rev. John Hayab, described the attitude of the bishops as a Nollywood movie who were unable to dress properly.

Hayab said, “The people we saw at the unveiling of Shettima as the presidential running mate to Bola Tinubu paraded as Bishops are people who did not have enough time to learn how to wear Bishop’s garments. Take a closer look at their photo and you will see another Nollywood movie.

“CAN wonders why the desperation of the All Progressive Congress , firstly, there was a story claiming to have come from the Chairman of CAN Borno state identifying with Kashim Shettima, only for the story to be refuted by the same source.

“Christians in the country remain focused in conducting themselves in accordance with the laid down constitution of the country by casting their votes to credible candidates in the 2023 general elections.”

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