A cash gift CAN leaders got from President Buhari in November, has left the Christian group in crisis, as the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) have accused the leadership of the christian body of corruption and abuse of office.
The cash gift came as ”transportation money” when the religious body led by its president, Samson Ayokunle, paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari on November 10th last year. The elders who stated that the CAN leaders were given N40 million, while they claimed they were given N25million, called for severe punishment to be meted to the leaders that lied about how much they were given.
In the memo, titled ‘NCEF Protests: Is NEC of CAN Guilty of Negligence?’, signed by Solomon Asemota, on behalf of some members, the NCEF, called the national executive council (NEC) of CAN to immediately convene an emergency meeting to investigate their accusation.
“On the 10th of November, 2017, a delegation of CAN leaders, led by the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and, after the visit, collected ‘transportation’ money. While informed sources claim it was N40 million, CAN officials insist it was N25 million and it was alleged to have been shared by somebody who is not an official of the national secretariat of CAN. NCEF insists on proper investigation of how the money was shared and how much each person received. In addition, NCEF insists on proper sanction of every Christian leader that took part in sharing money from President Buhari. It is unethical and very insensitive for Christian leaders to collect money from the man every Christian is aware has compromised security to the detriment of the church.” the memo read in part.
“In all, N43 million was spent to purchase four second hand vehicles in Cotonou. This allegation is too big to be swept under the carpet. (This vehicle is parked at the National Christian Centre, Abuja). The auditor presented a financial report to CAN that did not include the N43 million spent on vehicles in Cotonou. Where did N43 million disappear to?” the forum asked.
However replying the allegation, the Christian of Nigeria, CAN, President, Rev. (Dr) Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement urged Nigerians to disregard report describing the charges as a “catalogue of lies.”
Ayokunle said “There is no truth in what they are alleging. No truth at all in all the allegations. If they are after sanity in CAN, is it on the pages of newspaper that they intend to settle any dispute? Do Muslims behave like that about their leaders?
“You know if these people are allowed to smear my reputation on the pages of the media, they have successfully finished the Church in Nigeria.
“They have already written that I should be removed because they did a kangaroo investigation which did not involve me.
“Representatives from both parties to the conflict must allow the NEC of CAN to handle all perceived grievances amicably because when you have done the damage, it will be difficult to correct.”