In picture: Rev. Dr. Datiri, COCIN President

The Church of Christ in Nations has insisted that it "has not and will not" endorse any political candidate.

"It is not her duty to do so," the Church's President, Rev. Dr. Dachollom Datiri said, Wednesday.

In a strong worded statement published on the Church's official website www.cocin.org, Rev. Datiri described as "political propaganda" recent social media reports alleging that the Church has directed its members to vote a particular political Party.

The reports the Church leader said are acts of "Desperation by some overzealous politicians in and outside the church to destroy its reputation and those of its leaders in order to achieve their political ambitions."

The Statement signed by the Church's Public Relations Officer, Rev. Justin Ahmadu particularly dismissed claims by an acclaimed member of the Church, Dr. Simon Dalyop Pam alleging the COCIN President had taken sides with a political party.

"This so called Dr. Simon Dalyop Pam is NOT our member," Datiri said.

The said Dr. Pam's claims show moral decay in politics, he said.

The COCIN President said, "Members of COCIN are disciplined, orderly and have great regards and respect for their Leaders.

"Our members are responsible and know the channels of communication in the Church when they perceive the church is going off the track as an instrument of propagating the holistic salvation of God.

"They couldn’t have condescended so low as to portray their leaders in bad light, or use the social media to communicate with their leaders.

"What we have witnessed is a mere campaign of blackmail and calumny, intended to sow a seed of discord among the ever peaceful members of the Christian community on the Plateau.

"This must be disowned and condemned by all well-meaning Christians and citizens."

He however asked that the proves of the claims against COCIN be made public.

"If this so called individual has any prove or is in custody evidence of any of such claims, he should make it available," Datiri said.

The statement reads in full:

*COCIN NOT PARTISAN: A REJOINDER*

The Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) has observed with DISMAY and serious concern the desperation by some overzealous politicians in and without the church to destroy its reputation and those of its leaders in order to achieve their political ambitions.

It is very unfortunate that lately there have been series of political propaganda on the social media aimed at discrediting the Church and its leadership.

One of the latest of such propaganda is the one being orchestrated by an empty claim spearheaded through a write-up emanating from one Dr. Simon Dalyop Pam, who claims to be a member of COCIN Headquarters Church.

This so called Dr. Simon Dalyop Pam is NOT our member! In any case if this so called individual has any proof or is in custody evidence of any of such claims, he should make it available.

For avoidance of doubt, the COCIN President elaborated the fact that COCIN HAS NOT AND WILL NOT endorse any political party as it is not her duty to do so. It is obvious  from the content of the write up that such a person cannot be a member of the Church, as COCIN has never taken such a decision nor has she ever passed any circular in support of any political party or candidate.

His write up is a demonstration of deep level of moral decay in our political landscape, his representation of the leaders of our church is disrespectful and unacceptable.

Besides, members of COCIN are disciplined, orderly and have great regards and respect for their Leaders. Our members are responsible and know the channels of communication in the Church when they perceive the church is going off the track as an instrument of propagating the holistic salvation of God.

They couldn’t have condescended so low as to portray their leaders in bad light, or use the social media to communicate with their leaders. What we have witnessed is a mere campaign of blackmail and calumny, intended to sow a seed of discord among the ever peaceful members of the Christian community on the Plateau. This must be disowned and condemned by all well-meaning Christians and citizens.

As the leadership of the Church, we would like to call our members who are daily being confronted by provocative social media messages to keep calm as it is neither in our nature nor practice to look down on other faith groups or even insult them. The general public should disregard such political blackmail being sponsored by some desperate people in the services of the Plateau State government. The Church is commissioned by God to win and disciple people for His kingdom and it cannot abandon such a noble responsibility and indulge in partisan politics of endorsing or fighting any political party, incumbent or opposition.

Moreover, COCIN as a denomination, has members across all political parties and has always encouraged her members to vote any candidate of their choice whom they consider as credible, has integrity and will lead with the fear of God.

The Church is therefore warning all those engaged in such propaganda to repent and retract all those malicious publications or LIVE TO FACE THE WRATH OF GOD, because the “Church of God is marching on and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

No amount of blackmail and intimidation can stand against COCIN!!!

*Rev. Justin Ahmadu*

*PRO COCIN*