FG warns CAN, says it should stop discussing national issues in public
The federal government has advised the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to seek an audience with it privately on national issues rather than go public on its stance.
The advice was given by the minister of special duties and international affairs, Senator George Akume to the Christian body. Akume is a former governor of Benue state and the immediate past senator representing Benue North West in the National Assembly.
According to a Daily Trust report, Akume hosted a CAN delegation in his office in Abuja on Wednesday, October 2 led by the association’s president, Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.
According to Akume, issues innocently discussed in public stand the risk of being misconstrued, distorted and blown out of proportion.
His words: “Honestly, it is always good to seek interaction with government, sometimes off camera. It makes a lot of good because if you say sometimes innocently, something that is innocently put across could be distorted and magnified for social purpose “The purpose of government is to provide security for people and property.
The government is doing whatever it can to tackle insecurity. Your duty is to provide spiritual guidance.”