The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has responded to a statement credited to Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, where he admonished a group of Catholic Bishops saying that they were angry with President Buhari’s administration because He stopped looters from paying tithes.
Bello had on Friday, February 9, 2018, told the Catholic bishops that visited President Buhari the day before that only looters and those that carried the country’s funds in private jets to South Africa were angry with the current administration.
CAN in return asked Yahaya Bello to address the rot, which he had brought upon the state, instead of making unguarded comments. The association further advised Bello to focus on rescuing his state from the grip of kidnappers instead of “trying to be the President’s errand boy.”
Bayo Oladeji, a media aide to the CAN president said that Bello had the rights to express himself, but insisted that what the bishops told the President was the truth about the situation in the country.
He added that the CAN leadership, had raised similar issues with Buhari during a visit in November last year, adding that what the President told the delegation was what he re-echoed during the Catholic Bishops’ visit.
“If he (Bello) says some people were looking for free money, he should keep quiet if he has nothing to say.
“Under his watch, people are committing suicide and he has refused to pay workers.
“If he is the one that would be running to Abuja to defend the President, then something is wrong somewhere.
“Go to his (Bello’s ) state and see what is happening there; Okene is now the headquarters of kidnapping.
“If the welfare of his people is not his concern, he shouldn’t force the President to follow in his steps. If he wants to become the President’s errand boy, he should resign and relocate to Abuja.”