Bishops Who Attended Shettima’s Unveiling Are Challenged By CAN APC
Kashim Shettima, the party’s vice presidential candidate, was introduced, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to reveal the Christian leaders who were present.
Shettima’s selection as Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s running mate was formally announced in Abuja on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Background: Because both Tinubu and the previous governor of Borno State are Muslims, Christian leaders had opposed their selection as Tinubu’s running mate.
However, some Christian clerics were spotted at Shettima’s presentation to stand with her.
The presence of the clergy, who were all clothed in clerical attire, sparked debate on social media since many Nigerians thought they were imposters posing as bishops.
The APC recruited craftsmen to sew clerical costumes for the bishops, who were then displayed as CAN members at the political event, according to the CAN’s response shortly after the bishops’ images and videos appeared on social media.
Adebayo Oladeji, Samson Ayokunle’s special assistant on media and communication, also reacted by stating that CAN was not present at Shettima’s presentation.
He dared the APC to list the clergy who attended the ceremony by name.
“Let them identify the CAN program representatives and their workplaces. They could do anything if they could utilize 2017 images to suggest that certain pastors visited Shettima and pretended that Pastor E. A. Adeboye had backed them.
“Our stance on the Muslim-Muslim ticket is set in stone. Anyone can assert anything, but it is undeniable that CAN did not participate in Shettima’s unveiling program.
In a previous response, Rev. Joseph John Hayab, Vice President of CAN (19 Northern States and Abuja), claimed that the “clerics” the ruling party paraded as Bishops are “those who did not have enough time to learn how to wear Bishop robes.”
The religious organization claimed that while the APC is free to “employ mechanics and other artisans and create clerical robes for them,” doing so would merely add to their already excessive number of ties and would not eliminate the need for justice and fairness.
“The persons we saw paraded as bishops at the opening of Shettima are people who did not have the time to learn how to dress as bishops. You can see another Nollywood film in their photo if you look at it more closely.
“CAN questions the cause of the desperation. First, a rumor that the Chairman of CAN Borno state had released it was debunked. The second deception was that BAT (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) and his running companion were going to meet the president of CAN one evening. The CAN President was in Alabama, USA, attending the Baptist World Alliance Conference, of which he is the Vice President, on the night of the meeting, which was untrue.
“They met Papa Adeboye was another desperate claim, which the RCCG later disputed. Why the desperate measures if Christians are not significant?
BAT is free to work with mechanics and other craftspeople to make clerical clothing. An endeavor that won’t change the demand for fairness and justice that CAN is making; instead, it will merely add to their numerous ropes once the political game is complete.
Therefore, CAN urged Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential candidate, to uphold morality and refrain from engaging in absurd behavior.