CAN Presidency: Buhari Can’t Impose Stooge – Cleric

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Amid speculations that the Presidency might be planning to install a stooge as national President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the presiding pastor of Living Spring Chapel International, Femi Emmanuel, has debunked the speculation, noting that the body is a respected denomination with a viable constitution.

Pastor Emmanuel made this known Wednesday while addressing journalist at the Dominion city, headquarters of the church in Ibadan, Oyo State.

A group, Christian Redeemers Union, CRU, had at the weekend in Abuja accused President Muhammadu Buhari of having more than a passing interest in who succeeds the incumbent CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, when his tenure elapses in July.

The Presidency, however, denied the allegation, saying Buhari is not in the business of meddling in other peoples’ affairs.

Weighing in on the controversy, the cleric said CAN cannot be bought over by politicians and nobody can impose its favourable candidate without following the rules in the constitution.

“CAN is an old institution with capable hands and respected men of God. I believe when the time comes they will follow the constitution, but I believe it’s only a mere speculation, because I know President Buhari is a man of honour and integrity”, he said.

While commending the president on his anti-graft crusade, Emmanuel said in order to tackle corruption effectively, the country must amend its constitution.

“Anti-graft agencies only arrest and prosecute petty thieves. Our laws cannot fight corruption and even President Buhari has testified to this fact that the judiciary was his main obstacle to tackle corruption. In order to be able to tackle corruption effectively there is need for our judiciary and legislature to amend our constitution”, he said.

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