The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked politicians in the country to stop the impersonation of clergymen, saying it is unacceptable and ungodly.
CAN who gave the warning on Thursday in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola reiterated that they have no link with the unveiling of the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima.
The Christian body said those who were presented as church leaders are at the unveiling that took place in Abuja were ‘unknown clerics’.
According to the statement, ”We are shocked, disappointed and worried about the desperation of some politicians who once claimed Christians do not matter in governance and politics who went to hire some unknown ‘bishops, pastors and priests’ to impersonate the leadership of CAN in their political meeting.
“This is totally unacceptable, reprehensible, unprecedented and ungodly. If they are saying Christians have no electoral values why impersonating them in their meetings?
“We are throwing their principals and sponsors into the court of conscience. These actions of theirs have shown who they are to the public and what they are capable of doing to us all.
We are asking political parties not to ignore religious sensibilities and sensibilities of the people especially in today’s Nigeria when Christians are becoming endangered species daily. Our quest is within the constitutional requirements and ignoring it is akin to trampling on the Constitution especially the Federal Character Act.
“At the fullness of time, we will direct our members nationwide on how to use their PVCs come 2023,” the statement said.