Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has berated the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Samson Ayokunle.
But speaking to newsmen on Friday after meeting with the Vice President, CAN National President, Rev Supo Ayokunle, described the allegations as baseless.
According to the CAN leader, the church and all Nigerians are proud of the Vice President and would continue to pray for him.
His added, “He has cleared the air that the allegation is baseless and there is no truth in it and that some people are plotting against him and he was ready to provide himself to be cleared.
“If there is an allegation there must be evidence and that it can never happen and will never happen. The church and the entire country will fight for him.”
Reacting in a statement in Abuja, Timi Frank accused CAN President, Ayokunle, of denigrating Christians in Nigeria.
The former APC Chieftain stated that Ayokunle should have heard from both sides before taking a stand in the N90 billion saga.
Frank said: “As a Christian, I am ashamed of the attitude and character of this present CAN president in the person of Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.
“CAN in its original form represents the body of Christ and Ayokunle ought to have known that it owes the citizenry or at least God, an obligation to win souls, be good ambassadors of the church and crusade for good governance.
“As a supposed shepherd of the nation’s Christian body, if two of your sheep have a misunderstanding, I think you ought to have heard from both parties before taking a position.
“I am however not surprised because like pregnancy evil cannot be hidden under tainted cassocks and collars.
“I have heard from not a few reliable quarters that he often goes cap in hand before politicians in the name of praying for them.
“It is shameful that the CAN President has turned the body of Christ into a political pressure group.
“At least, even if it is now a political party, he ought to have allowed its spokesman to speak on behalf of the organization.
“A President of CAN who could not get to interview the COZA pastor in view of the yet to be proved rape allegations against him, now deemed it expedient to defend fraud allegations against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,” he said.
He added: “I have not seen the CAN president visit Plateau or Benue States and other cities in Nigeria where a lot of Christians and innocent Nigerians are being gruesomely murdered by herders.
“Let the CAN President visit grieving Christian families in affected villages or for once speak out against oppression and bad governance in the country instead of banding himself together with queer characters to grant press conferences in support of corruption.
“The CAN president ought to know that it is utterly reprehensible to turn a sacred priestly body into a partisan vehicle for alms solicitations.
“People like Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Patience Jonathan have been falsely accused in this country but CAN never interfered in any manner.
“Also, where was Ayokunle when Prof. Yemi Osinbajo accused ex-President Goodluck Jonathan of sharing N150billion within two weeks prior to the 2015 general elections – an allegation that was widely reported by the media?
“Could it be that Mr. CAN President, sorry, Chairman of CAN Political Party (CANPP) took part in the illegal disbursements of taxpayers’ funds at FIRS?
“Let him tell Christian leaders who elected him how much Osinbajo and Fowler gave him to organize such an ignominious press conference.
“These are men of doubtful character that must be urgently tamed before they inflict further harm on the reputation of Christians in this country.
“The character of this man is highly suspect but I apologize on behalf of all well-meaning Christians and their leaders for this attempt by Ayokunle to stain their garments.
“Late Martin Luther King jr. was a religious leader, who used his position to fight for the oppressed and downtrodden in society.
“Let Ayokunle learn from such noble men how to be a voice for the voiceless in Christendom.”