Rev. Sunday Congo, the Gombe State Caretaker Chairman, has been suspended by the Christian Association of Nigeria ( CAN ). Congo was suspended when he addressed a congratulations letter to Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, without the association’s National Executive Committee’s approval.
In a letter on behalf of all members of the caretaker committee, CAN State Secretary in Gombe, Apostle John Adedigba, congratulated Pantami on his recent reported “promotion to the status of a Professor of Cyber Security” by the Governing Council of Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
They wrote in the letter that Pantami was a “son” to them and that they were “proud” of him.
However, the celebratory letter was sent without the authorization of the mother body, according to a letter from CAN’s General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, dated September 15, 2021, titled: “Letter of Suspension,” delivered to CAN’s caretaker committee chairman in Gombe.
“Following the recent release of your congratulatory message to Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, CAN writes to inform you that your action has raised a great deal of worry among members of the Christian Association of Nigeria,” the letter said.
This conduct of yours in publishing on behalf of the association amounted to a unilateral choice and overzealousness on your part, which was carried out without license or clearance.”
The letter was written without the executive’s consent, according to CAN, and he does not reflect their views.
“Not only is it inflammatory, but it also undercuts the CAN NEC executive. It in no way represents their point of view.
It is not just controversial, but it also weakens the executive of the CAN NEC. It in no way represents their point of view.
“As a result, you are thus required to resign from the Gombe Christian Association Nigeria executive with immediate effect and pass over all CAN property to your bloc’s next in line.”
CAN also recommended that the body be consulted in the future and that approval from the Christian Association of Nigeria national authority be acquired so that everyone can speak with one voice.