CAN, Pilgrims Commission Spar: Ex-YOWICAN leader pleads for truce
By Faith Awa Maji
Following the continuous verbal war between loyalists of Adamawa State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, and the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Reverend Yakubu Pam, over a call on anti graft agencies to investigate NCPC, a former National President of the Youth Wing of CAN (YOWICAN), Daniel Kadzai, has called for calm.
In a press statement, a copy of which was sent to Faith Maji’s Blog titled “NCPC scandal: Drop your pen, we must raise the voices for peace,” Kadzai said that he would not fold his hands and watch the names of the two personalities dragged to the mud.
According to him, “I wish to issue an appeal for an immediate ceasefire from all corners, to loyalist of Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, Catholic Bishop of Yola, and Chairman Adamawa State and Reverend Yakubu Pam, the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).
“The trend of counter accusations from the loyalists has generated a lot to concerns to Nigerians.
“We cannot fold our hands and allow the ego of these loyalists downplay the integrity of two influential Nigeria Christian leaders.
“I respectfully appeal to my friends, the loyalists of both clerics to drop their pens and allow these eminent clergymen concentrate on their divine calling as preachers.
“I feel we should all collaborate to help create favourable atmosphere for the delivery of their divine mandate to bring hope to Nigerians.
“We know the current insecurity situation in Nigeria has profound social, economic and political consequences, hence we should team up to develop action plan to overcome our challenges not to fight one another.
“John 17; 21- 23 KJV “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“We can resolve our differences in-house and allow our leaders forge ahead with their work for the kingdom. Please kindly embrace dialogue!
Bishop Mamza who is also the Catholic Bishop of Yola had made allegation last Thursday during a press briefing at the Catholic Secretariat in Yola, that disservice of the NCPC to Christian pilgrims is an embarrassment to Christianity and called on the anti- graft agencies to investigate the Commission.
Mamza cited the examples of a pilgrimage to Rome six months ago and one, last month which he claimed were not properly handled by the NCPC, prompting him to speak out.