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CAN hails El-Rufai as governor reverses decision to demolish Zaria Church

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The president of the Kaduna State Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the Rev. Joseph Hayab, praised the new decision of the state government not to demolish the St. George’s Anglican Church, Sabon Gari, Zaria, as allegedly announced by the Development Agency of Urban Planning of the State of Kaduna, Kasupda.

The Urban Planning Development Agency of the State of Kaduna had delivered to the 110-year-old Anglican Church of St. George, Sabon Gari, Zaria, a seven-day resignation notice, which it claimed was a directive from the State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

The Reverend Hayab said that the alleged announcement by the Director-General of the Urban Planning Development Agency of the State of Kaduna, Ismail Dikko, that the Church would not be demolished due to its historical value is an indication that the government is listening.

He explained: “Honestly, I pray and I think the state government will continue to hear the scream of its people. This will significantly contribute to consolidating a good relationship between the government and citizens and, by extension, will ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.

“I also urge the state government to present adequate documentation of the necessary documents of the Church to eliminate any arguments or controversies that may arise shortly.”

The Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN have alerted Thursday on an alleged notice of resignation issued to one of its churches in Zaria.

The Director-General of the Urban Planning Development Agency of the State of Kaduna said that the Church would not be demolished, while a market that would expand to the space occupied by the Church would move to another place.

He explained that the Church has not yet obtained its Certificate of Occupation, assuring that it will be obtained from the Geographic Information Service of the State of Kaduna.

Dikko said: “The Church will remain based on its historical value. Also, we note that the Church has no certification, that is, the C of O. However, the market is a public installation, but looking at it, the history of the Church replaces the market. In light of the above, the church will remain while the market will be a source of expansion elsewhere.