The Presidency has urged the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to desist from disinformation that could further divide Nigerians.
The Presidency is reacting to CAN’s allegation that the government paid ransom for the release of Dapchi school girls, who were mostly Muslims, but refused to secure the release of Chibok girls, who were largely Christians.
In a statement, the Presidency alludes to the letter and spirit of the Holy Bible as not supporting discord, which CAN’s allegations are liable to cause.
It says the Christian body need not be antagonistic to every attempt by the administration to move Nigeria forward, before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.
The statement says when the media, in August 2018, quoted a United Nations Report alleging that the Federal Government paid a huge ransom for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, immediately disputed the report, insisting that no ransom, little or huge, was paid.
Quoting the Minister, the statement emphasises that there must be a conclusive evidence to support such a claim, otherwise it is rguing that without proof, it is a mere conjecture.
The statement further quotes President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation in 2015 that if ransom needed to be paid to free the Chibok schoolgirls, he would pay.
Notwithstanding differences in faith, the statement re-echoes that every citizen is a stakeholder in the promotion of peace, as the Holy Bible enjoins people to, seek peace and pursue it.