The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) last Friday issued an internal Memo to national leaders, bloc leader, Zonal chairmen and state chairmen, restraining them from granting press releases on CAN national matters.
The Memo obtained by our correspondent which is signed by CAN’s General Secretary, Barr. Joseph Daramola reads in part: “I wish to inform you that there are some prevailing National matters that called for CAN concerns.
“For now, there are two major issues CAN as a body is currently addressing- they are: CAN’s input on Nigeria Constitution Amendment (1999); Companies and Allied Matters Act Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (2020).
“The CAN President with other major Christian stakeholders have set up committees under the CAN department of Legal and Public Affairs supervision to work on these. Wide consultations and reception of memoranda is ongoing on them.
“Position papers on them by CAN is to be adopted and taken to be forwarded to the government of the federation. These will take care of all interests of Christians in Nigeria in particular and Nigerians in general.
“In view of the foregoing, you are all estopped from giving press release on the matters in order to avoid discordant tunes and misrepresentation as to avoid misgivings. The CAN President is assuring all Christians to exercise restraint and shun unnecessary public interviews as all issues would be handled diligently and effectively well.”
Meanwhile, following the recent increase in fuel price and electricity tariff by the Federal Government, leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has kept silence over the lingering issue.
Former Abuja Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Ignatius Kaigama, the Bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, last week expressed displeasure over the matter, adding that government should consider the less privilege.
Civil society groups have also described government action as inappropriate and uncalled for and vowed to do everything possible for government to revert its stand on the development.
General Secretary of CAN, Barr. Joseph Daramola told our correspondent in Abuja that CAN will remain silence on the matter until when the need arises.
Daramola said: “Can has not met to discuss about the fuel price hike. CAN is just silence about it. At the appropriate time we would react when the need arises. For now, we have resolved to remain silent.”