ACF Chieftain, JFK Waku Tackles CAN President, Oritsejafor…Seeks End To Insecurity
National Vice Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku has cautioned the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor over a recent comment made by the clergy before the US congress subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights chaired by Christopher Smith.
The ACF leader who was reacting to a statement credited to the CAN president, said Oritsejafor should by now see himself as a good ambassador who should represent the country well wherever he finds himself rather than making comments capable of heating up the polity and damaging the nation’s image abroad.
According to Waku, “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 has 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 being executed with the name of CAN to the international arena.
“That Oritsejafor could go before a US congress committee to make a case against the Nigerian government position on the Boko Haram debacle is unfortunate and condemnable. 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 warned that if the CAN president would not apply breaks to the way he makes comments on sensitive national issues, “some of us in he Christian fold will be helping him by replying him before he succeeds in creating a different impression about Christianity to other religions.”
The ACF leader said what should be paramount in the minds of genuine leaders across all ethnic and religious lines in Nigeria today is how to mobilize support for the current effort of the National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki to end hostilities from all militia groups in all parts of the country.
“I am of the view that the NSA, Dasuki has begun on a good note by initiating stakeholders meetings on how to end the state of insecurity in the land. This should be commended and encouraged by all who are sincere about the state of our nation rather making reckless statements that could draw back the progress so far made”, he added.