The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has admonished activists who staged a protest on Monday against the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to redirect their complaints to the government.
CAN made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the association’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Samuel Vondip, Punch reports
Vondip said, ”While we appreciate the concern of the protesters over the issues they raised and the call for a better nation, we strongly believe that singling out one of our leaders and members, to say the least, is unfair.
”The entire exercise, in our view, was ill-motivated. The people who staged this insulting protest against a highly revered Servant of God in the person of Pastor Adeboye are totally ignorant of the operations of CAN.
”It needs to be known to all that Adebayo had addressed the press on several occasions, saying that as a ‘man under authority’, he cannot speak on issues that CAN or PFN have spoken about.
”Why should any group of people think that it is their right to protest and demand that Pastor Adeboye must speak on the issues they listed when CAN and PFN had spoken about them? On three occasions, CAN had taken many of the issues raised by the protesters to President Muhammadu Buhari
”CAN had requested the government to do more to get the people in Boko Haram captivity released. We specifically mentioned the remaining Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the Islamic preacher who is still kept in detention against the ruling of the court.” The Director said.
Speaking on the manner the protesters carried out their act and their demands, he said “While we understand the frustration of those who organised the protest, we are against the method they adopted by directing their anger against an innocent man.
“Adeboye will never support oppression and he has been speaking against these evils in the land through CAN and, on several occasions, in his sermons.
”We further urge those who protested to direct their future protests at those in government who should do more to free those who have been in captivity for no sins of theirs.” He said.