Over 50 Pastors and thousands of youths from different churches in Borno, on Friday morning, gathered at the site of the demolished Local Church of Brethern, LCB, under Ekkliziyan Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN), a.k.a Church of Brethern Maduganari ward of Maiduguri metropolis.
They called on Governor Babagana Zulum to with immediate effect reconstruct the demolished Church building, its pure water factory and security post among other facilities bulldozed by officials of Borno Geographic Information System, BOGIS.
Addressing journalists at the demolished site of the Church on Friday, The Reverend Pastor in charge of EYN Maduganari, Reverend Shawulu Auta Ndahi, condemned the killing of one of his church members who attempted to protect the Church from demolition.
Ndahi said: “Yesterday (Thursday) morning at about 11 am, we received a distress call that some officials of BOGIS in the company of some CJTF officials came and demolished our Church with all facilities destroyed.
“In the process, some of our aggrieved members started hurling stones at the officials of BOGIS, before Some CJTF members opened fire after seizing their communication gadgets, which led to the killing of Mr. Ezekiel Bitrus.
“In view of these unwholesome conduct, we are hereby displaying all our Certificate of Occupancy and other relevant documents used in acquiring this land.
“Therefore, as a Church which believes in peace and unity, we have some immediate demands from Governor Zulum to immediately reconstruct our demolished Church and other facilities including our pure water factory.
“We call on the state government to immediately remove Engineer Adam Bababe from heading BOGIS which is an agency of government tasked with the responsibility of land maintenance.
“The Church also wants the government to lift the ban on the teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge, CRK, in all our primary and secondary schools as it has been the practice in the past, as the constitution allows for freedom of worship in the country.”
Reacting to the incident, the Youth CAN Chairman, Mr. Sunday Ishaku passed a vote of no confidence on the CAN led by Bishop Naga.
He said: “We are disappointed with the CAN leadership under the Chairmanship of Bishop Mohammed Naga.
“As I address you today, Bishop Naga has failed to officially come out with a statement regarding this unwholesome treatment meted to us by BOGIS and men of CJTF.”