N7bn largesse: I once dragged CAN to EFCC —Borno pastor

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 25 February 2015 | 4,665 times

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The Borno State pastor, who recently alleged that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had collected N7billion largesse from the presidency, Pastor Kalamu Musa Dikwa has revealed that his problem with the leadership of CAN started when he dragged it to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over $50,000 allegedly collected by the body in 2013.

He said he had drawn the attention of the Senate President, David Mark to the scam with a reply from his office, assuring him of taking an appropriate measure to address it.

Pastor Dikwa stated this on Tuesday while addressing Journalists in Kaduna, the Kaduna State capital.

He presented 42 documents to the journalists and confirmed his resignation from the EYN church and establishment of his non-governmental organisation, the Voice of Northern Christians Movement aimed at propagating the gospel of Christ and fighting the right of Christians.

“My problem with CAN did not start today. I wrote a letter to the EFCC dated 20th August 2013 over the 50,000 US dollars disbursed to some CAN officials. As I am taking to you the EFCC told me they are still investigating the matter. I have also written to the same body over the latest N7bn scam.

“Similarly, as a good Christian, I have drawn the attention of the Senate President via a letter calling for his intervention in the problem. In the reply from his office dated February 2013, I was assured that the appropriate measure will be taken in respect of my complaint.

“Some Nigerians did not see reasons with me or chose to turn the other way when the country is being torn apart. Today people are being killed as if it is normal to do. Those of us from the North-East know what is happening. Women and children were being raped as well as being killed by the insurgents.

“When I saw things getting out of hand, I was one of the people who wrote an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan to come to our rescue and declared Boko Haram as a terrorist group. Today I am happy that not only Nigeria but international community has declared Boko Haram as a terrorist group that must be checked.

“I believe that as Christian we should follow the scriptures completely because anybody who sees evil and say it is good, unto that person it is a sin. And in the same vein, who sees good and says it is evil, is also a sin. So, when we see something is wrong, we have to say that it is wrong so that remedy could be made. But in doing that, some people, especially in the CAN leadership labeled us as evil men. But let them remember what the scripture said.

“Some people also said that I don’t know what I am talking about. Now is time for me to let them know that my senses are okay, by naming states that I know that collected part of the largesse. The states are Niger, Jigawa, Kano, Nasarawa,” he said.

Pastor Dikwa also said his choice to be a whistle blower in the N7bn scandal has no political motive or sympathy for any particular candidate because either President Goodluck Jonathan or General Muhammadu Buhari are the best for the country today.

“The Goodluck administration is neck deep in corruption, which has resulted in mass unemployment, poverty and to some level insurgency, whereas, General Buhari comments in the past is not giving Christians comfort to support him. So why should I be supporting any of

Them? What I am doing is for God, and posterity will judge. The fact remains that even in my grave I still stand by my word that CAN collected N7bn from Jonathan for election purposes,” he said.

•Photo shows CAN President Ayo Oritsejafor.

Source: News Express

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