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Published On: Mon, Sep 23rd, 2019

CAN lauds Kaduna govt. for halting demolition of 110 years old church

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From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

The Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commended the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s government over its decision to save the 110 year old St. George Anglican Church, Zaria from demolition.
The CAN Chairman in the State, Rev. Joseph Hayab made this known to journalists in Kaduna yesterday.
This follows clarification by the Director – General of the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency, Ismail Dikko that the Church won’t be touched because of its historical value.
The KASUPDA was said to have served the 110 year old St. George Anglican Church, Sabon Gari, Zaria, the seven-day quit notice which it claimed was a directive from Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
Following Thursday’s alarm raised by CAN, the KASUPDA’s boss reversed the eviction order on the Church.
“The Church will remain based on its historical value, while the market source for expansion elsewhere,” the DG had said.
The CAN chairman commended the state government for listening to the yearnings of the people by reversing its earlier decision to halt any demolition plan on the church.
The CAN leader said, “We commend the government for this act. What we are saying is that govt should remain a listening government. Democracy thrive when government listen to the people but when government don’t listen to people, people thinks negatively about every action it takes.
“What we are doing is simply to remind government that we are not at war with them. We are just raising alarm; we are just another added eyes for them to see and know what is happening to people.
“So, if they do good, we will clap for them but if they don’t, we will tell them that something is wrong and that people are crying.”
The chairman, however, pleaded that the DG’s reversed order be documented for future references.

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