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CAN Suspends Gombe Caretaker Chairman Over Congratulatory Message To Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami

September 16, (THEWILL) – The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended its Gombe State Caretaker chairman, Rev. Sunday Congo, for writing a congratulatory letter to the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, without the approval of the association’s National Executive Committee.

CAN State Secretary in Gombe, Apostle John Adedigba, had written a now-viral letter, dated September 6, on behalf of all the members of the caretaker committee congratulating Pantami on his recent reported “promotion to the rank of a Professor of Cyber Security” by the Governing Council of Federal University of Technology, Owerri.

However, in a letter dated September 15, and addressed to the Gombe Caretaker Committee of the association,  the National body of CAN said the congratulatory message to the minister is tantamount to unilateral decision.

The letter signed by its General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, reads, “Following the recent publications of your congratulatory message to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahi Pantami, we write to inform you that your actions have generated a lot of concerns amongst members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

“This action of yours in publishing and release made on behalf of the association is tantamount to unilateral decision of you and overzealousness on your part, which was done without authorization and clearance. It is not only provocative but undermines the CAN NEC Executive. It does not in any way represent their position.

“In view of the above, you are hereby directed to relinquish your position in Gombe CAN Executive with immediate effect and hand over all CAN’s property to your next in line in your bloc.

“In future, you are advised to consult and get approval from the authority of CAN national level so that we all may speak with one voice.”