The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has finally given a reply to the musicians who had led a protest at the Redemption Camp against the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
CAN had in its reply, told the musicians to instead direct their protests to the government in the future.
CAN had made this known in a statement which was issued by Mr Samuel Vondip the CAN Legal and Public Affairs, National Director, on Wednesday, July 10 2019, in the nation’s capital.
Earlier in the week, some protesters including Idris Abdulkareem, Charley Boy and Baba Fryo, had gone to the RCCG Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to stage a peaceful protest.
The protesters had demanded that the RCCG leader, speak up against what they called, the injustice in the country.
“While we appreciate the concern of the protesters over the issues they raised and the call for a better nation, we strongly believe that singling out one of our leaders and members, to say the least, is unfair.
“The entire exercise, in our view, was ill-motivated. The people who staged this insulting protest against a highly revered Servant of God in the person of Pastor Adeboye are totally ignorant of the operations of CAN.
“It needs to be known to all that Adebayo had addressed the press on several occasions, saying that as a ‘man under authority’, he cannot speak on issues that CAN or PFN have spoken about,” Vondip said.
Vondip went on to say that any protest against the Redeemed Pastor would be considered as a systematic insult against church leaders in the country.
“Why should any group of people think that it is their right to protest and demand that Pastor Adeboye must speak on the issues they listed when CAN and PFN had spoken about them?
“On about three occasions, CAN had taken many of the issues raised by the protesters to President Muhammadu Buhari
“CAN had requested the government to do more to get the people in Boko Haram captivity released.
“We specifically mentioned the remaining Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the Islamic preacher who is still kept in detention against the ruling of the court,” he said.
The CAN National Director went on to reveal that CAN had already gotten in touch with those in government, to make a case for the oppressed in the country, especially the Christians among them who were members of the body.
Vondip added that, these ones had been charged to make a defense of their faith rather than trying to explain evil acts just because they wanted to protect their jobs and means of livelihood.
Mr Vondip as well added that the Christian body had written the National Assembly to seek for their intervention on a number of occasions.
“While we understand the frustration of those who organised the protest, we are against the method they adopted by directing their anger against an innocent man.
“Adeboye will never support oppression and he has been speaking against these evils in the land through CAN and, on several occasions, in his sermons.
“We further urge those who protested to direct their future protests at those in government who should do more to free those who have been in captivity for no sins of theirs.
”They should direct their protest against the people in power to make the nation safer from the attacks of herdsmen, kidnappers, ritual killers, armed robbers, armed bandits and Boko Haram terrorists.
”We have no gun to fight our battles except to speak out as we have been doing and never at the same time give up praying to God who can do all things,” he added.
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