Chibok/Dapchi girls: Presidency replies CAN, don’t divide Nigeria

CAN President, Samson Ayokunle and President Muhammadu Buhari
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle and President Muhammadu Buhari

The presidency on Wednesday fired back at the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, over its comment on the Chibok and Dapchi school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram some years ago.

Media reports quoted CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel to have said: “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.”

“When the media in August 2018 quoted a United Nations Report alleging that the Federal Government paid a “huge ransom” for the release of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls on March 21, 2018, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, immediately disputed the report, insisting that no ransom was paid, “little or huge.” According to the Minister, “There must be a conclusive evidence to support such a claim. Without that, the claim remains what it is – a mere conjecture.”

“And we ask, “Who should Nigerians or CAN rather believe, if there is good faith?”

Replying CAN, the presidency, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said it was again constrained to react to unfounded allegations by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) about the payment or non-payment of ransom for the release of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls.

It urged CAN to desist from disinformation which could further divide Nigerians.

The statement said the letter and spirit of the Holy Bible did not support discord, which CAN’s allegations were liable to cause.

“The Christian body need not be antagonistic to every attempt by the administration to move Nigeria forward, before it can champion or defend the Christian faith.

“President Muhammadu Buhari made it very clear in 2015 that if ransom needed to be paid to free the Chibok schoolgirls, he would pay. That is a testament to his commitment to get the girls back.

“Notwithstanding our different faiths, we are all stakeholders in the promotion of peace in our fatherland. And the Holy Bible enjoins us to, “Seek peace, and pursue it,” the statement said.


  1. Whether CAN or TIN, Nigeria will remain. The truth of the matter is that tithes are not flowing into the church like before and it is difficult for some people to mend and manage their appetite for free money. By the way, most of these opportunistic and self acclaimed men of god do not even belief in Nigeria. They’re only interested in siphoning free money from Nigeria to their newly found Nationality and I want to challenge Ayokunle to refute my claim that neither he nor any of his children possess green card or permanent residency of another country beside Nigeria.

  2. United we stand, divided we fall. Going by development in the country today, it is mercy of God that holds us together. This is because our leaders are wicked most especially the present crop of leadership where double standard is prevailing in every sector of administration

  3. CAN just disgraced itself by lying that the suspect in the Winner Chapel bombing told them his name is Mohammed. How will CAN that should supposedly be a custodian of the truth which Jesus represented be lying like the Devil. It is a shame for some of us Christians, even though we know that some members of CAN are only there for politics and money. Shame!

  4. Nigerians are already divided along ethno-religious line, no thanks to the PMB administration. All we are left with is geographical division. That to is almost complete.
    What this one-sided govt has done to Nigeria cannot be undone by this generation.

  5. Nigeria is already divided. This government of Buhari has divided the country through his policies that favor his fulanis. He has appointed only the hausas/fulanis to the 95% of the political offices. He has been using fulani herdsman to terrorize the southern and eastern Nigeria. Therefore, it is ironic for the presidency to say someone should not divide Nigeria

    • Only thieves mostly from the East divided Nigeria because they don’t want Nigeria out of the shackles of corruption which they worship. The problem on Nigeria are majorly the Igbos. Period! The Igbos caused Jonathan to fail in his administration and after his defeat the man is going about his business but the Igbos are still pained by the defeat. What a wicked race of people!

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