The Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association has said clerics and bishops who attended the unveiling of All Progressives Congress’ Vice Presidential Candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, are desperate to make monetary gains.
ACIPA Chairman, Rev. Luke Shehu, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
KEMI FILANI NEWS had reported that Pastors and Bishops from different Christian denominations stirred confusion among onlookers during the unveiling of Shettima as the running mate of APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Shehu further stated that none of the clerics in attendance at the event belongs to the North (Arewa), or is in registered Church as a Bishop in the hierarchy or order of Ecclesiastical or Apostolic ranking.
The statement read, “The attention of Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association have been drawn to the sacrilegious act of some who claim to be Christian Clerics in other to appease and launder desperate politicians.
“We recall that in the past, aspersions were cast when some hirelings visited Aso Rock as Northern (Arewa) Christian Clerics. For the sake of clarity and avoidance of doubt, ACIPA has found out that none of the so-called Bishops or Pastors at the unveiling of the Vice Presidential candidate is from the North has or belongs to a registered Church as a Bishop in the hierarchy or order of Ecclesiastical or Apostolic ranking.
“ACIPA regrets the unfortunate desperation of some to make ends meet while appealing to politicians and a media stunt. However, we wish to advise charlatans and hirelings to desist from denigrating the honourable office of the Clergy and bringing the titles to disrepute and dishonour.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to also state that the hirelings cannot restore the departed glory when the elect and Alter of the Most High, Jehovah have been insulted, disrespected and dishonoured.
“We have since taken over and declared that God shall reign again above any other throne and man in the affairs and leadership of Nigeria.”