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As many Nigerians would have observed, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has, in recent times, been using the media to make frivolous and unsubstantiated utterances on certain issues with a view to heating up the polity. Many of these utterances have been unfortunate, given the public status of the spokesperson who has been fanning the ember of religious hostility through implacable inflammatory utterances in a multi-religious country like ours.
When the unconventional rhetoric of the CAN leadership began on the pages of newspapers a couple of years ago, we took it for a temporary outburst that would soon fizzle out. This was reinforced by our solid commitment to the various layers of our interactions with the Christian community in the country and our belief that turning religion into a political gambit would be igniting a keg of gunpowder, hence our resolve not to respond in the like manner.
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