Fresh crisis rocks CAN over alleged N40 million cash gift from President Buhari
CAN logo with the whistle blower Elder Solomon Asemota, Chairman, National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF
London, May 20, 2018 (AltAfrika)-A fresh crisis has rocked the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) after one of its sister association, National Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, accused the leadership of CAN of corruption and abuse of office.
The forum, in a memo signed by the Chairman, Elder Solomon Asemota, on behalf of members accused the CAN leadership of collecting N40million from the Presidency during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The forum called on the National Executive Council, NEC, to convene an emergency meeting for the investigation of Ayokunle.
It also demanded suspension of CAN President, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle
The memo titled ‘Is NEC of CAN Guilty of Negligence?’ read: “On the 10th of November, 2017, a delegation of CAN, led by the President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle, met with President Muhammadu Buhari and, after the visit, collected ‘transportation’ money. While informed sources claim it was N40 million, CAN officials insist it was N25 million and it was alleged to have been shared by somebody who is not an official of the National Secretariat of CAN.
“NCEF insists on proper investigation of how the money was shared and how much each person received.
In addition, NCEF insists on proper sanction of every Christian leader who took part in sharing the money from President Buhari.
“It is unethical and very insensitive for Christian leaders to collect money from the man every Christian is aware has compromised security to the detriment of the Church.
“Dr. Ayokunle is yet to explain what happened to N6 million. In all, N43 million was spent to purchase four second hand vehicles in Cotonou. This allegation is too big to be swept under the carpet. (These vehicles are parked at the National Christian Centre, Abuja).
“NEC was yet to properly investigate how N28 million the former President of CAN provided before he left office, to minister to persecuted Christians, was spent.
“Also various alleged infractions on the constitution of CAN, as listed by the Vice President of CAN, had to be investigated including the Report of the Mediating Committee, headed by Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Justice James Ogebe.
“The letter to DSS which Rev. Dr. Ayokunle refused to sign on 28th February, 2017, after he had agreed he would do so on 15th February, 2017, has to be investigated.
“Why did he, as the President of CAN and as the Chairman of the CAN Trust Fund, refuse to append his signature to the letter?
“Second, who gave the authority to edit the letter and remove substantial sections of it before the Legal Adviser eventually signed and sent a diluted document to the DSS?”