Plateau State Commissioner of Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Mr. Yakubu Dati, has alleged that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were negating the principles of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of maintaining peace in Nigeria.
He claimed the two politicians were creating division among Christians using CAN following the decision of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu to appoint former Borno governor, Kashim Shettima as his running mate.
He alleged that Lawal and Dogara had lost out in the quest to be appointed running mate to Tinubu and were aggrived.
“But it is now an open secret that the position of CAN, may have been influenced by the duo, purely out of vendetta against the APC presidential candidate, for not looking their way to pick his running mate.”
He said CAN was established to make peace reign in the country, by settling ethnic and religious crisis, and that it has efficiently carried out this responsibilities over the years.
He said since CAN has elected a new leadership to steer its affairs, it is was important to save it from being dragged by politicians to achieve their selfish aims.
“Religious leaders should be wary of being reduced to lap dogs of politicians. This is the real challenge before the new leadership of CAN,” he said.
Dati, however, clarified that there was no way Tinubu would have picked either Babachir Lawal who hails from Adamawa State or Yakubu Dogara from Bauchi State because of the implications to his electoral fortune, adding that Adamawa where Babachir hails from and Bauchi, Dogara’s home state are both PDP controlled states.