The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential elections. 
Buhari with leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Image: Channels TV

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has admitted it is under pressure to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari following his re-election.

Concise News understands that Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential election held recently after beating his closest rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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According to a source in CAN, the body is under pressure from some influential persons to congratulate Buhari.

“We have seen how they are polarising the church so that it cannot act as a body. The Bible says the house divided against itself cannot stand,” the source told Vanguard.

“This is where we find ourselves today. If there’s no unity among us, who says the enemy cannot attack and go away? It’s very unfortunate.

“If you know the pressure mounted on CAN leadership that we, as a body, have to go and congratulate the president.

“However, the church is saying this election is controversial and we see what is happening. But, they are still mounting pressure seriously.

“They are telling us if we don’t congratulate him, it means we are against him and that we are partisan.

“However, we are saying let them resolve the issues (in court) before we go and congratulate whoever wins. That’s the situation we find ourselves as the Church of God.”