CAN blasts US Government over Kerry’s visit

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), yesterday, came hard on the United States (US) Secretary of States, Mr. John Kerry over his visit to Nigeria, alleging that it was discriminatory, personal and divisive.


It alleged that the visit was aimed at “furthering Federal Government’s plan to continue to persecute the teeming population of Nigerian Christians.”

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The body further noted that Kerry, during his visit to Nigeria, only visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III and met with the 19 northern governors with only three  Christians among them.

Similarly, at the Presidential Villa, where he was hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari, Kerry met with selected northern governors.

National President of CAN, Supo Ayokunle while speaking on the visit, lambasted Kerry’s lack of respect to the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria, having openly favoured northern Nigeria and Muslims to the detriment of the Christian community.

Ayokunle said the discriminatory  disposition of the US Secretary of State during the visit confirmed accusations that the President Barack Obama’s administration openly supported the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections which produced the current leadership of the country.

While calling on Kerry to ‘stop interfering in Nigerian affairs’, the CAN president said the visit was a complete flop and exposed Kerry’s negligence of Nigeria’s unity in diversity ideology that has remained the bedrock of the country.

“Why did he meet with 19 northern governors, without meeting with southern governors? Is Nigeria made up of the north alone?”

Ayokunle said the visit sends a wrong message and appeared to affirm the allegation that Christians, under the Buhari administration are under a siege.

“Kerry’s action speaks volume, his body language were very divisive.

“If US Secretary of States came for official visit, it’s understandable, but we demand explanation why he was selective. Has the Sultan’s Palace become another State House? Was Kerry invited by the Sultan?

“We have 36 States in Nigeria; he only selected northern governors to meet. It was a visit to the North and not to Nigeria. It was surely a very divisive visit. With the visit to the North, Kerry heightened fears and tension among Christians in Nigeria; if they cannot bring us together, they should not interfere in our affairs.”

On the perennial killing of Christians in northern Nigeria, the CAN president said: “Have the DSS arrested the Muslim youths who burnt down a Catholic Church in Niger State because they were worshiping on Friday? What happened to the ECWA pastor who was killed in his farm in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State? What has happened concerning the Redeemed preacher who was murdered in Kubwa, Abuja?”

“Look at the recent case in Zamfara State  where Christians were burnt alive. What has happened? They will tell you, they are still investigating. Have they been arrested and charged to court? If the government cannot sit up and protect Christians, tolerance is going to break down; they should do the right thing, they should not provoke Christians. Have we ever seen this government bring anybody to book?”

The CAN president tasked President Buhari ‘to come out clean’, adding that, “a government that doesn’t listen is not for the people.”

Ayokunle alleged that while the DSS and the Police have been slow in arresting extremists killing Christians in the country, they have been fast persecuting Christians.



  1. That was how America destroyed Iraq by interfering in their affairs without adequate knowledge. They insisted Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, while the man had nothing but mouth. America always will leave any country they claim to help destroyed. WE SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE PLEASE, JOHN KERRY.

  2. Kerry was only doing the bidding of his Islamic master-Obama, even though he himself claims to be a Christian. A nominal Christian without respect for Christian values but swamped up in evil politics. This is teh more reason we must support Trump, who respects Christians, unlike Hillary and Obama that celebrate evil; mongers.

    Shame on America’s Obama and co. Leave Nigeria alone. Another message and confirmation of all we have been saying that Buhari is out to islamize every aspect of Nigeria. What exactly did Kerry come to do in Nigeria? To promote Islamization!

  3. America id fuelin crisis in nigeria to enable them sell arms. They have been predicting nigeria breaking. I pray God to guide us break in peace.

  4. The Almighty God hears and answers prayers. He will show Himself strong and mighty on behalf of His children.

  5. The Host (President Buhari) tells the visitor where to visit, period! OIC agenda is clear. Nobody should shout, everybody should be ready to get killed, or convert to Muslims early enough to obtain sympathy.
    Hence, NDA and others should expert nothing good from the so called dialogue. America’s prophecy that Nigeria will break in 2015 failed because, Jonathan did not argue over the election results which he could validly argue over under age votings. Now, America wants to use the Islam thing to invade and sell arms to parties that may be pushed to fight. Libya destroyed, Syria destroyed. Everywhere America’s feel uncomfortable get destroyed. Hence, only former friends of America always fight them. Like Osama Bin Ladden was used to fight against Russia in Afghanistan, Iraq was used to fight Iran over the hostage taking of 52 American Embassy Staff for 52days over America refusing to extradite their President who stole their money. International terrorism and destabilization of Governments of independent countries is their specialization. Let the Muslims accept the gay rights for them to destroy themselves, later they will fight once they are well fed. THEREIS GOD

  6. There is an element of truth in your statement, however, the Christian too need to do something about all this killings.

  7. Na was oo. All these ppl criticizing America will willingly sell their arm for an American visa. Every country is out to look after itself. Book haram have links to Isis which is one of the groups America is at war with, see the link. Must we always see ourselves as south and north , Xtian and Muslim . if the youth (at least I believe the average age on this platform) always see this division then it certain Nigeria is going no where. Your tribe is not better than the other, your religion is not better than the other. Nigeria we hail thee.

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