From: Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) have been billed for 100 years anniversary of the First Baptist Church, Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, slated between November 1 to 18, this year.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, Chairman, Centenary Anniversary Planning Committee, Dcn Engr. Adeniyi Rasheed Rufai told the newsmen that, the church, located in the heart of Kaduna, has survived several violence with the help of God and security agents in the state in the last 100 years.
According to him, the church though beginning in 1914, was officially launched in 1918 at about the time the colonial masters created Kaduna City thereby making it one of the oldest denominations in Northern Nigeria.
Kaduna City had marked its 100 years earlier in the year where the Church played host to the City’s centenary church service led by Deputy Governor, Arch. Yusuf Bala Bantex.
To him, “First Baptist Church, Ahmadu Bello way, Kaduna, has a lot to tell in her 100 years of great commission in Kaduna and its vast environs and that is why there is no how the story of Christianity in Northern Nigeria could complete without inclusion of sacrifices of FBC Kaduna who took the bull by the horn and approached the then colonial masters who had earlier rejected citing of church within Kaduna town.”