A Borno State cleric and Director-General, Center for Justice on Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria, Pastor Musa Dikwa, has alleged that the Borno State Government is illiberal of Christians and church buildings within the state.
Speaking with SaharaReporters, the cleric listed 4 church buildings which had not too long ago been destroyed by the state authorities’s job pressure.
He listed the worship centres as; The Sanctuary Church at Tudun Wada, Total Gospel International church, Mairi-Bakin Kogi, Christ Favor Land Pompomari Bye-pass and Jubilee sanctuary church.
Dikwa alleged that such intolerance was liable for the demolition of church buildings in a number of elements of the state.
He stated, “The Borno State government setting up an investigation committee on the demolition of EYN Church and the killing of a Christian brother by the civilian JTF is just a cover-up.
“In 2006 February, politicians in the state used the government sponsor the Boko Haram members to burn down several churches and kill over 200 Christians. The governor then set up an investigation committee and to date, no report is out about the incident.
”One might ask, who’re the members of this civilian Joint Task Force? Are they not members of the identical so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists? They are busy giving the so-called names to repentant Boko Haram members. Please who’s deceiving who on this nation?
”Recently one Babagana Kachalla Ali Gajiram threatened to cope with your complete Church in Borno as a result of the EYN ladies’s fellowship wearing Kanuri ladies’s attire throughout their programme.
“Therefore I have a strong belief that the Zanna Gadama of Borno and his cohorts are behind the incident. If the Borno State Governor, Umara Zulum, want to prove himself that he is innocent about the plan against the church, the first thing he must do is order the arrest of Babagana Kachalla Ali Gajiram and his cohorts; and then continue with the investigation.”