The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) condemns the absence of Christians in the newly formed administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state. The CAN demands that the Governor honor his campaign promise and correct the lopsided political appointments. Additionally, they demand the employment of qualified Christian Religious Studies teachers to cater for the spiritual needs of Christian children in the public schools in the state. Christians in Nigeria do not want to be excluded from the power that is supposed to be shared between Muslims and Christians.
06/13/2017 Nigeria (The Nation) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the absence of Christians in the appointment of principal officers of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s administration calling on the Governor to address the political imbalance and lopsidedness in political appointments in the state.
The State CAN Chairman, Reverend Mathias Echioda who called on the Governor to honor his campaign promises said that Christians in the state have observed that there is a deliberate arrangement to eliminate Christians from being involved in the governance of Niger state.
Bearing his mind to newsmen Tuesday, Echioda noted that out of the 15 state executive members in the state, Christians are only three who were given insignificant portfolio while in the recent appointment of 17 new Permanent Secretaries, only three are Christians calling on the Governor to increase the number of Christians in his cabinet.
“As a governorship candidate, the Governor promised to give us a seat in the appointment of his Principal officers, as he steps into the second half of his first tenure, we call on him to make good his promise. The lame explanation that people’s appointments were based on merit and not religious leaning is untenable. We wish to remind the Governor that a promise is actually a debt, and a gentleman is bound by his pledge.