By Ayobami Joel, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the alterances of presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie who described the Christian body as “CAN of Worm” describing her as Esau who sold his birth right for a bowl of porridge.
CAN called on President Muhamadu Buhari to restrian from the use of unacceptable names for people and organisations.
Onochie had twitted, “Prime Minister Theresa May, a Christian, is in a mosque doing what humans go to do in a place of worship. She knows that her God is the same one also called Allah. Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN of worms, Here’s a great lesson in love and godliness, not hatred and anger!”
“Onochie, from all indications, shares a lot of things in common with Esau who sold his birthright for a single meal. She is also like Eliab who was not ready to stand up against Goliath who had defied the God of Israel, but was burning with anger at David who would not allow Goliath to continue insulting God and His people,” CAN said in a statement.
CAN said “Instead of asking CAN leadership to borrow a leaf from the British Prime Minister, Onochie should have directed her advice to her principal to emulate his British counterpart who gives all the citizens under her watch a sense of belonging and adequate security, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and political persuasions.”
The statement added that “Instead of being a liability to the Church in the corridors of power, we counsel her to learn from the likes of Moses, Esther, Daniel and the other three Hebrew children who sacrificed their conveniences and risked their influential opportunities to defend the interest of God’s people against the imperial orders.”
“The problem of irritants like Onochie in the corridors of power is that the truth cannot be buried forever, especially in today’s world where no government has monopoly of the media with the emergence of the global technological communication, especially the social media,” CAN said.
“The world is aware of how Christians are being killed on a daily basis, while the security agencies seem to be looking elsewhere. Instead of addressing these failures by the government, its principal officers are justifying the crime with sundry flimsy excuses; forgetting that the primary function of any serious government is the protection of lives and property of the citizens,” the Christian body said.
“She is hereby advised to walk away from the path trodden by Cain and stop embracing Balaam’s blunder for personal profit. Let it be restated once again that CAN will never cease speaking truth to power, irrespective of the unguarded utterances by Onochie”, CAN concluded.