Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has come under criticism for her comments against the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The body noted that being the second time “this low character would be attacking CAN leadership over its position against the unconstitutionality of the Federal Government, we are convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that she is under instruction to insult the leadership of CAN.”
In an open letter which she signed, Onochie had said CAN President Reverend Samson Ayokunle was not for Jesus Christ for attacking Buhari over his appointments.
She insisted that Ayokunle had repeatedly accused President Buhari for always appointing Muslims, which she claimed was false.
Part of her letter reads:
“Dear Dr. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle, I greet you in the name of whatever you hold sacred. It’s definitely not Jesus Christ. Mammon, commonly known as money, is my first guess.
“I have chosen to write you this letter, believing in my heart, based of your utterances, that you have strayed from the path of righteousness, peace and love; paths, ordained by God for his sons to follow. That is, if you were ever on that path.
“I do not really understand what you, as the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), stand to gain from constantly misinforming Nigerians. You keep harping on the lie that appointments made by President Buhari and VP Osinbajo, were lopsided.
“It has been the case that each time appointments are made, CAN would not bother to check the merits of such appointments nor the constitutional rights of Mr. President to make such appointments. It does not bother you whether the appointees are qualified or not. The prerogative of CAN, under you, Sir, and for selfish reasons, is that members of your religious organizations only, are appointed as a way of boosting your income throw tithes and offerings that accrue to you.
“Vice President Osinbajo, a Christian Pastor himself, has severally, debunked the myth, the lies and fabrications about and around appointments coming from your angle. Each time, he does it with facts and figures. And then you wait for the next appointment to regurgitate the same evil sentiments.
“But you Sir, President of CAN, Dr Samson Olasupo, continues to misinform and to incite animosity against a government that is reaching out to the poorest in our society, where figures show there are more Christians in government and where your Christian “brother” is the number two man.”
Rev John Hayab, Public Relations Officer, Northern CAN, in a strongly worded statement on Tuesday, stated that Onochie’s misadventure into the corridors of power brings to mind the parable of the prodigal son in the Bible.
He said: “Onochie is not only a liar but a misguided person. Her open letter to the CAN President, Rev Dr Supo Ayokunle, and associating him with Satan only confirms who she is. Unknowingly to the likes of Onochie and those who have sent her, Dr Ayokunle is raising a high standard of integrity in CAN to the shame of detractors. That is why those false accusations against him can’t stand.
“She centred her letter on the CAN President who has not left any stone unturned to condemn the lopsided appointments by her principal. Fortunately and coincidentally, her so-called open letter came out on the same day, a well-respected newspaper in the country, The Guardian, in its editorial added voice to national concern over President Buhari’s nepotism.
“Will Onochie also accuse the Newspaper and others, like The PUNCH (August 1, 2016 on ‘Buhari’s Lopsided Appointments’) of being bought by the CAN President? Every right-thinking Nigerian knows that something is fundamentally wrong with many of the appointments by President Buhari.
“Let us put the record straight here that in 2012, CAN was the first group that publicly asked former President, Goodluck Jonathan to resign if he could not govern Nigeria well. So, CAN telling any sitting government that things are wrong is not new for lovers of truth, but for cheap and ignorant people like Onochie, Nigerians should expect nothing than what she wrote in her basket of lies letter.
“Even when the country was under the jackboots of the military, CAN kept the military dictators on their toes as the voice of the voiceless. As the Prophet to the nation, the CAN President will not shirk his divine responsibilities because of presidential bootlickers and cronies who, by mistake, find their ways into the corridors of power.
“We are shocked and appalled at Onochie’s claim that appointments made so far by President Buhari have been based on merit. Please confess who has bewitched you. Has your boss not thrown away merit for nepotism? Nigerians are not fools and can no longer be misguided by despicable characters who have strayed into the corridors of power.
“It is not only foolishness but evil for a child to say his parents don’t love him just because they advise him not to consume poison. If you really love and know Jesus, your role as an aide to President Buhari will be to tell him the honest feelings of Nigerians.
“But since you are lost as the prodigal child, you display arrogance and tell lies in order to keep your temporary portfolio. We are insisting that President Buhari should stop turning deaf ear to the voice of wisdom and give Nigerians a sense of belonging, irrespective of their religious, ethnic and political affiliations.”