As controversies continue to trail the $9.3 million alleged arms deal involving the private jet of President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Benue State chapter of the association has described the recent comments of Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume on the pastor as an affront to Christianity and a defamation of character.
The association, in a two-page statement in Makurdi accused the former governor of acting the script of anti-Christ to discredit, destroy the peaceful and worthy Christian body in the country.
The statement which was signed by the Chairman of CAN in the state, Archbishop Yimam Orkwar and Secretary, Most Snr. Evangelist Gift Elanu, explained that Senator Akume’s comments came after the Federal Government gave what they called satisfactory explanations and claimed responsibility for flying Pastor
Oritsejafor’s jet to South Africa for the alleged arms deal with the siad money.
“The Senator’s annoying comments were coming after the satisfactory explanations of the Federal Government that it was responsible for the trip and that the money in question belonged to her.
The investigating security agents who were satisfied with the explanations of the Federal Government and Pastor Oritsejafor, have exonerated the reverend gentleman,” the association said.
It expressed disappointment at the ‘unwarranted and unjustified’ invectives heaped on the CAN president, adding that the Senator’s action was a clearly demonstration of the shame and disgrace to the Christendom to which hebelongs and Benue State in particular.
Acknowledging the love and concern of CAN President for the people of the state especially during the invasion by Fulani insurgents when scores of people were killed and property destroyed, the state CAN hailed the uprightness of Oritsejafor, and pledged their unalloyed support to his leadership, imploring him to remain focused and determined in steering the affairs of the Christian community in the country.
The association urged Akume to continue to focus on the reasons he was voted into the Senate, namely to protect the interest of the Benue people who are predominantly Christians, and attract development to the state.
“CAN expect that the Senator, who holds himself as a Christian, should be an ambassador of Christ in the hallowed House, not an archenemy of the gospel and its ministers,” the statement added.