For the first time since controversy trailed his acquisition of a private jet, national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has publicly dismissed allegations that the gift may have come from the Presidency.
It would be recalled that the Congress for Progressive Change spokesman, Rotimi Fashakin, recently said that President Goodluck Jonathan on November 10, 2012, rewarded the CAN helmsman with the gift of a Bombardier Private jet for supporting his election and castigating the national leader of the party – Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
But Oritsejafor, in his reaction, emphatically declared that President Jonathan did not contribute a dime for the jet.
Receiving a delegation of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Delta State chapter who were at his Word of Life Bible Church, Warri, last Sunday for a thanksgiving service in commemoration of Workers Day which held nationwide last week Wednesday, Pastor Oritsejafor said the private jet was presented to him on November 10, 2012, by church members within and outside the country in commemoration of his 40th year on the pulpit.
“Word of Life members miss me, my family misses me greatly and appreciating the trauma of connecting flights across the globe; they decided to constitute a committee to raise funds for the purchase of the jet. They reached out to some of my children in and out of the country who generously donated to the course,” he explained.
Oritsejafor challenged the Labour leaders to carry out a private investigation and if possible, use their connections in government to ask President Jonathan if he contributed any kobo to the purchase of the jet, noting “why will people just set out to disparage persons without verifying their facts.”
Expressing disgust at the deliberate attempt to malign his person even as such detractors were mum on his annual empowerment programmes in the Niger Delta and his numerous reach-out projects to victims of Boko Haram violence in the North, said he had nothing to hide.
“My records are there at the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, which I led for eight years for anybody to verify just as people are free to come to the CAN Secretariat to make their independent investigations,” he stated, adding “I pay for all my bills as CAN president,” he stated.