…Urges Police to investigate source.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State, has strongly disclaimed the statement alleging that it has endorsed a particular gubernatorial candidate ahead of the March 11th gubernatorial election in the state, describing statement as fake and ridiculous.
CAN, on Tuesday, in a swift reaction against the statement, called on the Nigerian Police to investigate and unravel the mystery behind a fake letter purportedly written by the association.
In a statement of disclaimer issued by the CAN secretary, Rev Caleb Ma’aji, it urged the police to investigate the source of the letter and bring the perpetrators to book.
“CAN requests the police to investigate the source of the fake letter and bring the impersonator(s) to face the full wrath of the law.
“CAN understands that the authors of the false press statement are desperate and they aim to confuse the electorates in the state, who are resilient to choose whom they want to be the next governor.
“CAN thanks the Christendom and the general public in the state for their resolve to vote-in leaders with a willingness to work for unity and peace, ensuring equity and justice, regardless of religious or ethnic background, and calls on all eligible voters to come out en-mass to vote during the gubernatorial elections on Saturday, 11th March 2023. CAN further appeals for calm and tolerance to guarantee peaceful conduct of the election,” the disclaimer stated.
It also reads in parts: “The attention of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter, has been drawn to a fake letter circulating on Social Media and other platforms in the name of CAN, pretending that the letter was written and signed by the CAN Chairman, Rev Joseph John Hayab.
“CAN wants the public to note the following: The letterhead with the fake press statement is a counterfeit with a made-up office address, and fake stories, and carries a fabricated signature of the Chairman.
“In CAN’s constitution, it was the duty of the CAN Secretary to write letters for circulation and not the Chairman.
“The wording of the letter is not from CAN. This letter disclaiming the fake letter is on CAN’s original letterhead, which is different from the counterfeit letter. The said meeting and oath-taking mentioned in the fake letter only exist in the wildest imagination of the writer and are false.
“Accordingly, the firm position of CAN Kaduna State on the fake letter is that: Christians and the general public should kindly disregard the fake letter, as it is the handiwork of mischief makers desperate to fuel a crisis between Muslims and Christians in the state,” it added.