CAN hails El-Rufai’s decision to save 110-year Kaduna Church from demolition

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State

The Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has commended the Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government’s decision to save the 110-year St. George Anglican Church, Zaria from demolition.

Rev Joseph John Hayab

The CAN Chairman in the State, Rev. Joseph Hayab made this known to our correspondent on the telephone following Friday’s 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 had served the 110-year St. George Anglican Church with a seven-day quit notice which it claimed was a directive from Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Following Thursday’s alarm raised by the CAN, the KASUPDA’s boss reversed the eviction order on the Church.

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“The Church will remain base 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.

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Hayab noted that democracy could thrive only when government harken to the cries of the people it governs.

St. George Anglican Church, Sabon Gari, Zaria,
110-year St. George Anglican Church, Zaria

The CAN leader said, “We commend the government for this act. What we are saying is that government should remain a listening government. Democracy thrives when government listen to the people but when government don’t listen to people, people think 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.”

Culled from Punch

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