And in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, CAN asked both parties to find ways to work out their differences for the interest of the church.
“It is disheartening how some commentators and columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result of this incident,” it noted.
“Like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.
“But we have resisted the temptation to jump into conclusion since a body like ours will be expected to have uncovered the truth about the matter before making public statements and not base its position merely upon media reports.”
It added that “CAN is the umbrella body for Christians and churches in Nigeria. Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, does not turn back anyone that comes to Him and CAN also does not.
“The Ministry of the Church, according to Jesus Christ, is the Ministry of Reconciliation, which is centred on true love and forgiveness of those who repent.”