Akwa Ibom Government Marks Church For Demolition After Pastor Criticised Governor Udom

The Akwa Ibom State Government has marked a metropolitan church in Uyo, Holy Ghost Ambassadors Ministry International, for demolition over feedback by its Senior Pastor on the political affairs of the state.

SaharaReporters learnt that the senior pastor of the church, Nyeneime Andy, had criticised the alleged plan by the state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, to impose a successor on the state in 2023.

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Andy was reportedly invited by Nigeria’s secret police for questioning on Wednesday over his feedback on politics within the state.

On the identical date, the Akwa Ibom State Government, by way of its agent, the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA), marked the church constructing for demolition.

The church has additionally been served a discover to that impact.

In the discover, the pinnacle of the Town Planning Department, Eshiet Freddy, claimed the church constructing, which had been present since 2012, didn’t meet the planning requirements for approval.

According to Freddy, the construction negates minimal necessities by way of area customary, constructing line and space distribution.

“It is worthy to note that you are occupying/constructing an illegal structure without prior approval from the authority. The said illegal structure constitutes an offence and contravenes provisions of Town and Country Planning Law Cap. 133, Laws of Akwa Ibom State.

“In view of the above, you are hereby given seven (7) days’ notice within which to remove the said illegal development and reinstate the land to its original state,” the discover acknowledged.

The metropolis improvement authority stated the federal government could be pressured to demolish the constructing if the church fails to adjust to the order.

Andy, in a current press briefing, condemned an alleged plan by the governor, Emmanuel Udom, to impose a successor in 2023.

“In 2023, it will be a government of the people, for the people and by the people. We will not allow one person to choose a governor for a state of over 6 million people,” Premium Times quoted him as saying.

The governor had in May raised some questions for consideration on the standard of who ought to succeed him.

“Do you want a leader whose approach to testing his popularity would be to drive in a long convoy to Ibom Plaza and throw money at the hapless people, watching them scramble for the money and the people would say that’s ‘Ano owo Mkpo! (one who is good at giving)’ Is that the kind of a successor you want? Is that the kind of empowerment our people deserve?

“Or do you desire a successor with a known e-mail address that the international business community recognises?” he had stated.

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Akwa Ibom Government Marks Church For Demolition After Pastor Criticised Governor Udom

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