The NPF Kohima division has questioned the Church on what it prompted them to ‘jump’ that Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, had condoned “Polygamy in Naga society” without ascertaining the facts.
According to a press release issued by NPF Kohima general secretary (Admn), Gonei-u Angami, it was a well known fact that during election, political parties put allegations and counter allegations against each other however, it was the duty of the people to judge whether the allegations were true or merely for political gain.
The release said that Neiphiu Rio was an active member of the Church and the question of his integrity as a true Christian did not arise as alleged by the Church leaders and expressed shock that ‘those men of God’ had made serious charges against Rio without verifying the “authenticity of the press report”, thereby damaging the ‘good’ reputation of Rio in the ‘eye’ of the public. NPF Kohima also termed the allegations as ‘purely baseless’ and without any substance of truth.
NPF Kohima division lamented that Churches had taken hasty decision by approaching the press on the issue which had posed serious questions about the ‘conduct’ of some Church leaders. It further urged the Church to maintain its good image and neutrality in order to uphold the true Christian principles.