25th April, 2011
For daring to suggest that he should be arrested over the post-presidential election violence in the Northern part of the country, Ayo Orisejafor, President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has come under the ferocious attack of General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC.
Oritsejafor had called on security agencies to arrest Buhari since most of the rioters in the violence which has so far claimed over 20 lives, and resulted in injuries to hundreds of others were perpetrated by supporters of the CPC presidential candidate.
The casualties of the riots which broke out across many of the States in the North as results of the presidential elections are being announced are mostly Christians and non indigenes. Buhari supporters had embarked on a regime of lynching, arson and destruction over allegations that the presidential election was rigged against the CPC presidential candidate.
Many commentators had accused Buhari of vicariously being responsible for the violence following his charge to his supporters during his campaigns that anybody found to be attempting to rig the polls should be lynched.
But a furious Buhari described the call for his arrest over the violence by Oritsejafor in a press release by Yinka Odumakin, his spokesperson today as not only unfounded, but satanic, and a reckless abuse of office.
He also accused the CAN President who he described as â€œVilla Priestâ€ of acting at the behest of the presidency in making the call.
The full statement reads: â€œOur attention has been drawn to a totally misguided call for the arrest of General Muhammadu Buhari by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor in a reckless abuse of the office of the President of Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN, for a purely political consultancy for Aso Rock.
â€It is unfortunate that he has chosen the Easter day, when most Christian leaders were espousing the message of love which the risen Christ symbolizes, to make a satanic call capable of only pouring gasoline into a burning flame which casts him in the mould of a PDP goon rather than a responsible faith leader whose words at the moment should be of healing and reconciliation.
â€In all his sound and fury, Pastor Oritsejafor did not provide any evidence to link Gen. Buhari to the wave of unfortunate spontaneous revolt against vote theft in parts of the country beyond playing the role of a “false accuser of the brethren”.
â€œIt is on record that the CPC Presidential flag bearer has distanced himself and the Party from the mayhem severally and strongly condemned the burning of worship places and alleged killings of youth corps members. Till date, nobody has brought out any contrary facts beyond false innuendos and character assassination which Pastor Oritsejafor has also been recruited into.
â€œThe ridiculous claim by the cleric that Buhari is culpable because there were disturbances where he won is like calling Oritsejafor a hemp smoker because someone is seen smoking marijuana around the premises of Word of Life Bible Church. Absurdity!
â€œWhile we concede to the Villa Priest who is widely believed to be a beneficiary of the rot that presently defines governance in Nigeria the right to defend the tainted victory of the PDP, we frown at the use of the CAN mask to prosecute his Aso Rock brief.
â€Our collective memory is not so short as not to know that unlike other revered men of God who have been on that exalted seat and spoke truth to power in the order of Samuel who put God’s command above the fat of oxen, we don’t have a quote of Pastor Oritsejafor on the unbridled corruption and open banditry that has been the defining rule of governance in the country.
â€œThe images of him the people have is roaming the villa corridors and parading government houses across Nigeria giving spiritual succour to treasury looters.