The Federal Government vindicated yesterday the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in the alleged involvement of his aircraft in the controversial $9.3m arms deal in South Africa.

The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan (Public Communication), Dr. Doyin Okupe, told reporters in Abuja that Oritsejafor, the Founder of the Word of Life Bible Church, has no hand in the deal.

He said: “Most Nigerians do not respect the sensibilities of other people. Oritsejafor is the President of CAN and head of all Christians in Nigeria, who is representing at least, 50 per cent of people in this country. When it comes to a man like that, people should be cautious and circumspect.”

Okupe advised Nigerians not to play politics with issues of national concern, saying it was not patriotic.

According to him, the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) did well by telling the truth.

The presidential aide said it would not be proper for the government to make public its plans on how to tackle insecurity.

Okupe said: “The linking of Pastor Oritsejafor with the controversial $9.3m arms deal is the most unfortunate thing. To put the very respectable, responsible, honest and sincere CAN President in this matter is the extreme of mischief. It shows what Nigerians can do. They go to any extent to politicise everything. What bothers me is the manner people want to bring down Pastor Oritsejafor on this matter. It is pure absurdity.

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