by Isi Esene
The National Vice Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Senator Joseph Waku, has flayed the comments attributed to the National leader of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. It called on Christians to admonish him to cease uttering “reckless statements that can further divide the country along ethnic and religious lines”.
Pastor Oritsejafor had reportedly expressed his reservation concerning the Nigerian government’s strategy in tackling the Boko Haram menace before a US Congress Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, chaired by Christopher Smith.
The ACF described the comments made by the revered clergyman as unfortunate and condemnable.
Waku said: “Some of us who are equally Christians need to caution Pastor Oritsejafor to stop hiding under his leadership of CAN to make reckless statements that can further divide the country along ethnic and religious lines as well as damage our image abroad.
“It is because Oritsejafor had been allowed to make these reckless statements at home unchecked, that he is now so emboldened to take his personal agenda and campaign of calumny to the international arena.
“This is because the ultimate consequence of his action will not only affect a section of the country, but the entire nation, its economy and the free movement of its citizens across countries of the world.”
He concluded by urging the pastor to apply decorum in his comments, noting that, “some of us in the Christian fold will help him by replying him before he succeeds in creating a different impression about Christianity to other religions”.
This calls for prayer.