The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has denied exonerating vice president Yemi Osinbajo in the N90billion scandal.
This is following a visit to the vie president during which they discussed the N90billion allegedly received by Osinbajo from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
After the meeting, CAN announced that they are throwing their weight in support of Osinbajo.
However, a statement issued by the Special Assistant (Media & Communications) to CAN president Rev. Samson Ayokunle, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, sees the body stating that their support for Osinbajo is not a endorsement of corruption, neither are they exonerating the vice president from the allegations.
The statement in part reads:
“The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) can never endorse corruption and has never exonerated anyone accused of corruption because we are not a court of law. Anyone accused of corruption has to prove his or her innocence with documentary evidence before the court of competent jurisdiction as we all know before his or her innocence can be upheld.
“CAN leadership visited the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo last Friday to hear his side of the story instead of rushing to the press either to condemn him or throw our weight behind him. This we believe, there is no law that is against our action.
“After we had interacted with him and he said that the allegation was baseless and should be treated as rubbish, and not only that, that he said that he was going to pursue the matter legally to prove his innocence, we then assured him that if he is proved innocent, then we throw our weight behind him.
“We thereafter prayed for him and our nation Nigeria. We urged him to continue to serve the nation with clean hands. The leadership of CAN has never endorsed corruption. In our earlier visits to President Muhammadu Buhari, we had praised him for fighting war against corruption but urged him to make it comprehensive, sparing no one irrespective of political affiliation.”