ERSTWHILE President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Most Rev. Peter Jasper Peter Akinola,
and many other religious leaders have declined to
attend the meeting of Christian elders scheduled for
Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, today, investigations have
The meeting was convened by the Catholic
Archbishop of Abuja Diocese and former President
of CAN, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, at the residence
of another former CAN President and ex-Prelate of
the Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence Sunday
Apart from Akinola, it was learned that most of the
senior religious leaders and elders have vowed not
to attend the meeting, with many of them described
it illegal and capable of portraying the church in
bad light before the Body of Christ.
In a letter to Onaiyekan made available to
journalists, yesterday, in Abuja, Akinola said he
would not attend the meeting because the
information got to him very late.
He said: “You will recall that in our telephone
conversation of June 25 about the possibility of a
peace meeting with our brethren in CAN leadership,
I was warmly enthusiastic about it.
‘’We even proposed July 4 and that His Eminence,
Prelate Mbang, would be glad to host the meeting
at his Uyo residence. Since then I waited to hear
from you the response of others to our godly
proposals. Your mail arrived my inbox midnight,
yesterday, in Nairobi.
“I am very sorry to have to say that I might not be
able to attend the Uyo consultation. I have been
travelling rather extensively within and outside
these shores in the last few weeks. In point of fact, I
just came back from Nairobi only this afternoon
exhausted, having spent two sleepless nights due to flight delays.