By Sylvanus Okpe
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described as suspicious, what they termed as the “sudden termination” of Rev. Tor Ujah’s appointment as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC).
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday approved the sack of Rev Ujah’s in compliance with the provision of Section 4, Sub-Section 3 of the NCPC Act.
But CAN in its reaction says though President Buhari reserved the right to either appoint or remove the Commission’s Executive Secretary as he deems fit, the sack of Ujah before the completion of his tenure has cast a veil of suspicion on the motive of the Buhari led administration.
In a media chat on Tuesday, CAN’s National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Evangelist Samuel Kwamkur Vondip, said: “The section and sub-section of the NCPC Act cited by the government for Rev. Ujah’s sack provide the right of the President to remove him. “But, the government said Rev. Ujah’s appointment was ‘terminated’ which means that he did not complete his tenure and may have been accused of doing something wrong, therefore, his services are no longer needed, his sack raises suspicion,” he stated.
The federal government had also directed the sacked NCPC Executive Secretary to hand over to Mrs Esther Kwaghe, Director of Administration in the Commission, who is to take charge of the commission’s affairs, pending the appointment of a Substantive Executive Secretary. Asked if the leadership change in the Commission would affect the Church, Evang. Vondip said: “I don’t think it will affect NCPC’s relationship with CAN, because the operation of CAN is not dependent on the operation of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims’ Commission. What we do with the NCPC is a partnership. The Commission is purely a federal government creation. So, the President appoints whoever he deems fit and removes whoever he deems unfit.”
He also expressed optimism that the umbrella Christian body in the country will enjoy good relations with the next substantive Executive Secretary of the Commission. “Our sole desire, as partners with NCPC, is that credible people, who are good Christians are willing to listen to the counsel of the CAN, understand its working, and share a good relationship with the Church, are appointed to head the Commission,” he said.