The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is currently in friction with Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over the intention to demolish a 110-year old Anglican church.
CAN raised the alarm after a 7-day quit notice was issued to St. Gregory’s Anglican Church, Sabon Gari, Zaria by the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA)
According to the notice, failure to comply with the eviction notice will lead to the use of force.
The statement read:
“Reference to the directive given by the Executive Governor on the issue of Market development which compensation has been duly paid, you are hereby directed to vacate your residence within Seven (7) days from now, failure to comply will leave the Agency with no option than to evict you at your own expense. (from 19h – 24 September).”
Reacting to the notice, the chairman of CAN, Kaduna, Joseph Hayab revealed that the Christian association was alarmed.
He said in a statement:
“CAN wishes to draw the attention of the Kaduna state government to a quit notice to St. George’s Anglican Church in Sabon Gari, Zaria.
“The 7-day quit notice by the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA), is purported to be a directive from the executive governor.
“The notice also claimed that compensation had been duly paid to the church. We are alarmed and apprehensive about this if it is true that it is a directive from the governor. But we doubt much if the governor issued the directive.”
According to Hayab Governor El-Rufai tried to relocate the church, over the expansion of the Sabon Gari market in February 2016. However it was futile as the church had all valid documents and parts of the Sabon Gari market encroached on its land.
Hayab went on to say that the matter was amicably resolved in 2016, thus the notice of eviction was a rude shock.
“This unfortunate notice is coming just a few weeks after the alarm about the purported demolition of a mosque in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, which, upon investigations, was later confirmed to be false. We urge the governor to take a step to avert that kind of situation in Kaduna.”
The spokesperson of Governor El-Rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye said he was unaware of any quit notice served to the Anglican church.
“I am not aware of the notice you are talking about. What I know, and is a fact that is very much in the public domain, it is that the Kaduna State government is redeveloping and expanding markets, including the Sabon-Gari market” Adekeye said.