The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied reports that it is now supporting the Mulsim-Muslim Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reported that the Christian body had rejected the same-faith presidential ticket presented by the ruling party for the 2023 elections, adding that the Christians were being marginalized.
However, the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, appeared before the CAN leadership last week to explain his reason for the choice of Kashim Shettima, as his running mate.
Barely one week after the meeting with Tinubu, there were reports in a section of the media that the Christian body had softened its tough position on the APC Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Reacting to the reports on Tuesday, CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, said the leadership of the Christian body is very careful not to be partisan and still maintains its stance on the issue.
He, therefore, advised Nigerians to talk to CAN to verify and confirm that what they see out there is truly the position of the Christian body.
He said, “All the positions we have taken, we have not changed any of them, if we want to change any position, we will let the Nigerian public know.
“And so, when people read insinuations on social media, I will advise that people should come to CAN to verify and to be sure that what you see out there is truly the position of the Christian Association of Nigeria.”
Okoh asserted that the meeting with presidential candidates was not an endorsement, but a platform for the organisation to rub minds on issues of concern to Christians in the country.
He said: “As an association of Christian citizens who believe in this country and continue to pray for its unity, peace, and prosperity, we have spent time reviewing the problems that hinder peace and progress in the country and are hereby making suggestions on how best to improve them.
“We have consulted with Nigerians of diverse religious, ethnic, and social identities on the problems of the country and the solutions to them have been articulated in the strategic document we call, the Charter for Future Nigeria.
“The Charter for Future Nigeria begins with a diagnosis of Nigeria’s problem and locates it primarily in an incoherent constitutional and institutional framework that defines governance and social and economic interactions in Nigeria.”