Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has requested leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to cease misinforming Nigerians as regards the State of affairs inside the nation.
In a press release on Wednesday, Mr Adesina urged CAN to desist from disinformation which may additional divide Nigerians.
Adesina’s feedback come on the heels of allegations by the Christian Association bordering across the fee or non-payment of ransom for the discharge of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls who had been adopted by Boko Haram terrorists.
The President’s spokesman reacted on to stories which quoted CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel to have stated inter alia that “Nigerians need to know if they have not known the reason why the Presidency could not pay ransom to rescue Chibok girls. It is because 80% to 90% of the girls are Christians. The reason why Dapchi girls’ ransom was quickly paid and they were returned is the discovery that most of the girls were Muslims except Leah Sharibu who is still in captivity.”
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According to the President’s media aide, the claims by CAN had been unfounded.
Mr Adesina stated when the media in August 2018 quoted a United Nations report alleging that the Federal Government paid a “huge ransom” for the discharge of the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, instantly disputed the report, insisting that no ransom was paid, “little or huge.”
He additional acknowledged that in response to the Minister, “There must be conclusive evidence to support such a claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is – a mere conjecture.”
Having acknowledged this, Adesina rhetorically requested if Nigerians ought to imagine their Minister for data or CAN.
The president’s aide urged CAN to desist from disinformation which may additional divide Nigerians, including that the letter and spirit of the Holy Bible don’t assist discord, which CAN’s allegations are liable to trigger.
“The Christian body needs not to be antagonistic to every attempt by the administration to move Nigeria forward before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.”
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari made it very clear in 2015 that if ransom wanted to be paid to free the Chibok schoolgirls, he would pay and that may be a testomony to his dedication to getting the ladies again.
Adesina was of the opinion that however the variety of faiths in Nigeria, all Nigerians are stakeholders within the promotion of peace of their fatherland.
He stated the Holy Bible enjoins everybody to hunt peace, and pursue it.