The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday reacted to the alleged involvement of an Aircraft said to be owned by its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor for an alleged illegal arms deal in South Africa saying although the aircraft in question is owned by Eagle Air Company, of which the cleric is an interested party, it has been leased to Green Coast Produce Limited since August 2 2014.

The Director of National Issues in CAN, Mr. Sunny Oibe in a statement issued in Abuja said Oritsejafor doesn?t deal on arms.

According to him, further enquiries about the said aircraft should be directed to both firms.

The association also said the report carried by an online portal was sponsored by some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress including a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the party?s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to blackmail Oritsejafor “because of his support for President Jonathan”.

The statement entitled: ?Re: ORITSEJAFOR AIRCRAFT & ALLEGED ARMS DEAL: CAN REACTS? reads:

?Our attention has been drawn to the desperation of some elements working for a particular political party within our society to tarnish the image of the President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. They are working for the All Progressives Congress and they are not unknown to us. Let Nigerians have this background for them to judge themselves.

?These shameless characters including a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, went to UK to embark on an image laundering for their political party, the APC. El-Rufai had once said there are three sets of Boko Haram in Nigeria: Islamic Boko Haram, Politicians? Boko Haram and Christians? Boko Haram which he said are being funded by President Goodluck Jonathan and coordinated by CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. He went further to claim that the CAN President has been given N50 billion by the President and a Jet.

?The same characters, went ahead to sponsor a negative report in Saharareporters. I had expected that by now no sane mind will take any report by Saharareporters serious because it is an online news medium which thrives on falsehood and survives on false propaganda and blackmail.”

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