More light has been shed on the reasons that made the Catholic Church suspend its activities in the Christian umbrella body, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The Administrator of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abeokuta, Monsignor Christopher Ajala made it known that found out that the association’s closeness to the government was responsible for the Catholic church’s decision.
He disclosed that the Catholic Bishops Conference was no longer comfortable with how the association is being run, especially as it has derailed from its objectives. He made it known that the Catholic church was left with no other option but to pull out.
Monsignor Ajala who spoke at a press conference at the 15th anniversary of the diocese clarified that the stand was not taken as a result of the CAN President’s ownership of a private jet. He said “the Catholic Church took their stand before the purchase or the aircraft was donated to him. But what the Catholic Bishops Conference is complaining about is about the way they are running the national CAN now that is not meeting the objectives and the goals of CAN and the forefathers of CAN.
CAN is now being run as part of the government and we said no. Because they will dictate to us what to do and they will not take our advice seriously. The Catholic Church decided to withdraw from the activities of CAN at national level; we are still part of the state. He also stated that “we made our stand clear in November, last year, and by December, the man bought a jet. I don’t know how he got it but the president was there on that day the jet was delivered to him. So, what we are saying is that our religious leaders should be honest, upright and they should also be the conscience of this nation. If you are bought, the masses of this country are finished. If you can use money to buy our religious leaders, then there is no hope for the common man. That is the Catholic Church’s stand. We are supposed to speak for the people to correct the wrongs in the society and assist every government to know the will of God for them and we still stand by that.”