No Church Is Marked For Demolition In Borno – CAN

Borno State chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN),  Rev. Titus Pona, yesterday called on Nigerians to disregard the media reports that churches in Maiduguri would be demolished.
Rev. Pona made the clarification during a press conference where he said the report was the outcome of a letter sent to some churches from the state ministry of land and survey.
He stated that the national CAN merely acted in the interest of the church.
The CAN statement reads in part: “The attention of CAN, Borno State chapter, has been drawn to reports in some national dailies to the effect that tension was brewing in Maiduguri following alleged plans to demolish churches and schools in and around the state capital, at the site of planned housing estate.
“We feel duty bound to correct the erroneous impressions created by the said media reports which was credited to CAN, and wish to disown it.
“We believe that the national CAN office acted in the interest of Christian community in Borno State based on the information contained in a letter dated 20th August, 2013 from the ministry of land and survey to some churches around the area of the said estate development.”
Pona added that the leadership of CAN in the state was always available for clarification on all issues relating to the Christian community.

“We want to use this opportunity to tell all those who may have been misinformed about the issue at stake to take cognizance of the fact that the Christians and Muslims have always lived together, even in trying times, such as we have been experiencing,” it said.

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