A former Nationwide Vice Chairman South-south of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Hilliard Eta, has requested the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) to steer clear of politics and cease performing like a political wing of the opposition Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP).
CAN had brazenly rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket’s selection of the APC, accusing the ruling occasion of undermining the Christian’s curiosity.
Talking to journalists Tuesday on the APC nationwide secretariat in Abuja, Eta frowned on the antagonistic posture of CAN over the selection of Senator Kashim Shettima because the operating mate to the presidential candidate of the occasion, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu within the 2023 ballot.
Faulting the notions held in sure quarters that the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC was a part of the subterranean plot to Islamise Nigeria; Eta accused CAN of working in cahoots with the PDP to undermine the APC within the 2023 ballot.
The Cross River state-born politician remarked that CAN lacked the ethical excessive floor to guard the pursuits of Christians within the nation.
Eta mentioned: “Politics is totally different from the pulpit and the pulpit shouldn’t be used to confuse the folks of Nigeria. I’m a Christian and I’m not glad with Christendom in Nigeria.
“And it has one thing to do with what the Muslims are doing. It has extra to do with what the pastors are doing. The pastors ought to query themselves why individuals are leaving Christianity.
“Once you fly in an aero aircraft with monies of people who find themselves trekking, while you construct universities from the sweat of moms who can’t pay the charges of their wards, then you understand why individuals are leaving Christendom.
“I’ve been in Abuja since 2014. I’ve plenty of Muslim associates. At no time did any of my Muslim associates even invite me to the mosque to not converse of me leaving my faith.
“But when I go away my faith right this moment, it might be on account of what the pastors are doing which is miracle for naira, prophesies for hundreds of thousands and talking from each side of their mouths. So, these are a few of the issues we should query in Christianity to not deliver Christianity into politics.
“I must say this. The Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN) is the non secular wing of the PDP. It has been so established and we’ve got causes to say so as a result of the sitting Vice President right this moment is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, but CAN didn’t assist him in 2019. He was on the poll in 2015, they didn’t assist him. They supported Atiku Abubakar who’s a Muslim as a result of CAN is beholden to the PDP.
“Earlier than this Muslim-Muslim matter got here up, we within the South mentioned the presidency ought to come to the South whether or not in PDP or in APC. Now the PDP did their major first and a Fulani Muslim turned their candidate, why did this CAN not converse towards that ticket?
“Swiftly, CAN now discovered its voice the second the APC chosen Senator Shettima as our Vice Presidential candidate. Let me additionally say right here that earlier than Senator Shettima was picked, we had one Alhaji Masari on the ticket. It didn’t hassle them. Have you learnt why Shettima is bothering them? It’s as a result of we all know that with Shettima we’ve got locked up the North East geopolitical zone. It’s a political matter; we need to win this election.”