Oritsejafor Has Converted CAN To Jonathan’s Campaign Organ- Chris Okotie
Fiery Lagos pastor and founder of Household of God Church, Rev Chris Okotie has hit back at the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, accusing its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of converting the christian body to a mere campaign organ of the Jonathan presidency.
CAN had in a statement last week attacked the moral right of Okotie to criticise Oritsejafor over the $9.3m arms deal cash conveyed to South Africa with the CAN president’s jet. In a one para response today, Okotie lampooned Oritsejafor and the leadership of CAN. His words: “I will not nobilitate such prosaic apologetic by a retort. Socrates once said to a young man, “Speak that I might see thee”. Now that CAN has spoken, even team Jonathan has spoken. Nigerians can now fully visualize the portrait of complicity shrouded in duplicity. Truth is never out of kilter. Hahaha.”
The Christian body had last week challenged the founder of Household of God to manage his home and keep to biblical principles of one man, one wife. The association was reacting to the demand by Okotie that its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, should resign over the alleged involvement of his aircraft in the controversial $9.3m smuggled into South Africa by two Nigerians and an Israeli.
Okotie, had in a statement on his church’s Facebook page, said, “Considering the collateral damage Pastor Ayo’s close relationship with the President has done to the Christian community, it is fit and proper for the Pastor to resign immediately as CAN President to salvage what remains of the battered image of the association.
“This is without prejudice to the on-going investigation on the matter. Denials of his culpability by the Federal Government, CAN officials and his own recent defense, does nothing to reduce the moral burden this whole saga places on his shoulders. As the titular leader of Christians in Nigeria, there’s now a serious crisis of confidence on his leadership and he ought to respond to it by resigning from his exalted position.”
But the Director of National Issues in CAN, Mr. Sunny Oibe, said that Okotie was only looking for popularity through Oritsejafor.
He said, “Is Chris Okotie a Christian? How many wives has he? He should go and sort out himself. Even the government has exonerated Pastor Ayo of all the allegations. So, who is Okotie? Well, it is laughable if Chris Okotie should demand that Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor should resign as President of CAN. Chris Okotie should remove the log in his eyes before he begins to see a peck in somebody’s eyes. Pastor Ayo had a soaring integrity before he was elected the President of CAN. Who elected Chris Okotie to become the spokesperson of Christians in Nigeria?
“CAN will not like to join issues with Okotie because doing that will amount to making him popular. He is looking for popularity which he doesn’t have through Pastor Ayo and he is not going to get it.”
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