Northern Pentecostal Bishops’ Interface with APC Presidential Candidate Not Approved – Bishop Katung

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Amid controversy surrounding the meeting between All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Northern Pentecostal bishops, a member of the latter, Bishop Jonas Katung, said the meeting was not an endorsement of the APC presidential candidate.

Bishop Katung said Pentecostal bishops in northern Nigeria should be commended for bringing the plight of Christians in the north to the attention of the APC presidential candidate on his choice of Muslim running mate, rather than being condemned by critics. people like the former secretary of the federal government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and his group.

The Bishop, in a statement in Jos, Plateau State, claimed that Baba Chir Lawal’s recent comments about their encounter with Tinubu were made out of malice.

According to him, Lawal’s portrayal of respected church leaders as fake bishops was simply because the bishops gave Tinubu a chance to be heard.

He recounted that Lawal’s actions showed how far he could go for his selfish ambition even if it meant smearing the anointed servants of God, adding that BabaChir Lawal, who does not belong to the Pentecostal fold, is in no way qualified case to access who a bishop is or question their vocation.

Bishop Katung said Lawal may have the right to disagree with actions taken by northern Pentecostal bishops but has no right to question their integrity or use foul language against them .

Bishop Katung advised the former Federal Government Secretary of the Federation to be cautious in pursuing his agenda and not to use the church to fight his personal battles.

“As church leaders and concerned citizens, we, as a group of Pentecostal Bishops in Northern Nigeria, the region most aggrieved by the same APC decision on the religious ticket, have decided to engage with Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the person at the center of the controversy, to voice the concerns and fears of the Christian community not only in northern Nigeria but across the country and give them an opportunity to explain their decision.

“As Arch Bishop John Praise aptly captures at the interface, “This is in accordance with the biblical principle contained in John 7:51 that no one should be condemned without first being heard from him, a principle which is also encapsulated in the constitution of our country,” he said.

He also said that during the meeting with Tinubu, notable and respected church leaders such as Arch Bishop John Praise, National Vice President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Reverend Danjuma Byang all took the floor to highlight the marginalization and injustice inflicted. to northern Christians over the years, which created mistrust among northern Christians about the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket.

He challenged Babachir Lawal to tell the people of the North the impact he had had on the church while in office as it qualified him to become a champion of the Christian faith in Northern Nigeria and throughout Nigeria.

Bishop Katung has warned that Lawal should not be allowed to use the church to fight his personal battles as he was never there for the church and can no longer speak for the church.

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