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General News of Thursday, 21 July 2022

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Bishop Anthony denies endorsing Shettima after old photo resurface

APC vice presidential candidate of the APC Kashim Shettima and the clerics in 2017 play videoAPC vice presidential candidate of the APC Kashim Shettima and the clerics in 2017

Most Rev. Fr., Anthony Adaji has denied reports suggesting he endorsed the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kashim Shettima following the emergence of a now-viral photo of both men together.

The emergence of the photo sought to water down the controversy that surrounded the fake bishops that attended the official presentation of Shettima to Nigerians on Wednesday, July 20.

Recall that the unveiling of Shettima became controversial as men dressed as clergymen walked into the grounds of the event. Described as impostors on social media, they wore cassocks that represented the different Christian faith.

Bishop Anthony has denied the reports attributed to the story in a chat with the press. He said the image was taken in 2017 at the thick of the Boko Haram insurgency in the state while he asked Nigerians to disregard the reports that have made the rounds in the media.

He said: "The pictures showed there was taken when we went to Maiduguri in November 2017 on the anniversary of the golden jubilee of canonical erection of Maiduguri diocese when the Bishop told us that the governor was struggling with Boko Haram and we needed to go and offer him our words of encouragement that he must not lose the battle and that he must continue to fight on."

"That picture displayed there are false pictures and I think Shettima himself will be very embarrassed by seeing the caption given to that picture. I have not been to Maiduguri since 2017 after that occasion, so they is no way you can link me with that picture because I remember that picture very well."



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