The suspended Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Gombe State chapter, Sunday Congo, mentioned he has written his handover observe as requested by the nationwide physique of the Christian affiliation.
Congo was suspended by the nationwide management of the affiliation over a congratulatory letter addressed to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, on his promotion to the rank of a professor of Cyber Security.
In response, Congo advised Punch, “I’m going to do it (hand over) with immediate effect. I’m going to do it physically. I have written the letter but I want to go to the CAN centre and do an official handing over. I don’t know the time yet, I’m arranging with my close leaders but it will be tomorrow (Saturday).”
He added, “I want to reserve all comments for now.”
The viral letter partly learn, “I have received a letter from the national office through the Chairman of the North East suspending me from office because I congratulated Minister Pantami. I receive the decision with all gratitude. In all things, the Bible says we should be thankful. God is my judge. I didn’t do that with any evil intention of spoiling the church. I am a child of God and I will never do such a thing. I, therefore, hand over the office today as instructed.”
However, there was a delay as he has been unable to bodily hand over the letter as he claimed to be out of city.
On Sunday, Congo revealed that he was required handy over bodily, other than the viral handover observe, which he termed as a draft.
He confused that upon his return, he would hand over bodily as required.
He mentioned, “There are arrangements we are still making; I’m not in town, I’m outside town. So, I will be coming.”
The nationwide management of the Christian Association of Nigeria had final week suspended the caretaker chairman of its Gombe State chapter.
In a letter written by the affiliation’s secretary, Senior Apostle John Adedigba, on behalf of all of the members of the caretaker committee, the physique extolled Pantami for the feat describing him as a ‘son’.
Gombe CAN additional claimed that Pantami had achieved rather a lot in his present place, stating that he had made them proud.
But on Thursday, SaharaReporters obtained a letter signed by the General Secretary of the affiliation, Joseph Bade Daramola, which ordered the suspension of the Gombe Caretaker chairman.
The National management said that the letter was written with out authorisation and clearance, undermining the CAN National Executive Council Executive.
This comes amid allegations in opposition to the Minister of his involvement in terror-linked actions.
“This jihad is an obligation for every single believer, especially in Nigeria,’’ Pantami was quoted as saying in one of his vicious preaching in the 2000s.
“Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda,” he was quoted to have additionally mentioned.
In different audio clips that surfaced on-line, Pantami was additionally sympathetic to Boko Haram members when delivering sermons at a number of worship centres within the 2000s.
However, Pantami claimed he had renounced his radical feedback and mentioned his views had modified over time. He mentioned he had previously 15 years been traversing the nation to evangelise in opposition to terrorism.
Despite the Minister’s declare, most Nigerians have famous that the minister must have resigned on account of public backlash and be investigated by the authorities. Should he fail to resign, some commentators mentioned he must be sacked by the President.
But the Presidency, displaying assist for Pantami, dismissed the potential of sacking the controversial Minister as a result of he had allegedly “apologised” for his radical views.