CAN also dissociates self from Southern Kaduna NCPC peace summit
.. Say’s it’s fake peace summit
Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna state has also disassociated itself from the peace summit organized by the friends of Southern Kaduna in collaboration with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), describing it as fake peace summit. Earlier, the peace summit organized to dialogue with relevant stakeholders to deescalate conflict in Southern part of Kaduna state, was boycotted by Southern Kaduna Christians leaders and Southern Kaduna people’s union, SOKAPU.
CAN, in a statement made available to our Correspondent on Tuesday stated that, it’ll not be part of fake peace process they were not sure of the genuineness of those planning it. The statement dated 2nd September 2020 and signed by the kaduna CAN General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Sunday Ibrahim, stressed that it received the letter of invitation to participate in the summit on 1st September 2020.
CAN stated that the invitation letter was attached with the agenda of the Summit in which their Chairman, Rev. John Joseph Hayab was enlisted to offer the opening Prayer at the opening of the summit.
“CAN Kaduna state in a statement said “We considered this invitation and the summit to be poorly organized, CAN Kaduna State was and still works for long-term peace, with legitimate purpose-built, credible players in building peace in southern Kaduna and Kaduna State as a whole and we are open to such cooperation always,”
The statement added that “still we won’t encourage conflict capitalists to use our situation for self-enrichment,” saying the Southern Kaduna Security challenge required a real holistic solution and not a white-washed gallery solution to play.
“We ‘re not going to be part of a fake peace agreement where we’re not aware about the genuineness of those who intend it.
“CAN and JNI remain respectively recognized authorities for the Christian and Muslim faiths, thereby being the only legal authority in Nigeria as a whole to be active in any peace settlement and other religious matters.
“We here determine that the organizers have never contacted us before this proposed summit and we see our chairman ‘s inclusion on the agenda as a hollow use of his name to lend the dubious peace process false legitimacy.
“To that end, given the ingenuity, insincerity and lack of transparency in the processes leading up to the summit, CAN Kaduna State is officially disassociating itself from this summit in its entirety.
“If you (the organizers) see the need for our presence, the best thing should be done instead of following the direction of others who are simply raising funds from people, organisations and governments for personal benefits through a superficial peace process,” he said.
However on Tuesday the summit continued in kafanchan.