Trouble In Paradise: CAN Suspends Niger Delta Bishops Over PDP Peace Bid

The disagreement among Christian leaders over an attempt by some bishops from the Niger Delta under the aegis of Global Peace Relief Initiative, to mediate in the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  has taken a new twist, following the alleged suspension of the clergy men involved in the peace deal.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) South-south Chairman, Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, was said to have suspended them from the association.

Reacting to the suspension yesterday, leader of the aggrieved bishops, Jones Ode Erue, threatened legal action against Avwomakpa and CAN, stressing that the archbishop had no power to suspend them.

“Avwomakpa has no capacity to suspend us. He is not our member; we only invited him to join us when our delegation visited Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

“We give him 48 hours to retract the announcement of our suspension and all the bad things he said about us on Delta Television else we will institute legal action against him and CAN.”

In an earlier statement, the clerics had taken a swipe at the CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, over his alleged condemning comments over the group’s attempt to reconcile the seven aggrieved governors of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by Erue, the clerics described Oritsejafor’s statement that CAN is apolitical as laughable, accusing him of getting involved in politics of calumny and name-dropping.


  1. Is this not funny?? So we can sey we now have two factions of CAN, the NewCAN and the Oritsejafor led CAN. What arrant nonsense and utter degradation of christianity. Is this what Christ died for?? That a christian body is now devided over issues of PDP, Oritsejafor should be very ashamed of himself for bringing christianity to its lowest ebb all for political or whatever gains. Chaii, Jesus is weeping at the actions of this self accliamed Men of God who called themselves, bcos these sycophants were definitely not called by the same God i serve.

  2. Have they started again? Must they fight dirty in public? It’s ok. They should not do further damage to our common faith. Enough is enough. Please, let the elders of the Nigerian Chuurch nip this brewing “ororofo” fight in the bud before they do more harm than good to th common cause they both believe they are protecting. Please.


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