El-Rufai directs closure of two Assembly of God Churches, Schools and Hospital in Kaduna
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has directed the closure of two Assemblies of God Church in Saminaka, Lere Local Government Area of the state and three institutions belonging to the church as a result of leadership crisis, which has led to fractionalization in the church.
A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, says the decision was taken to prevent threats to peace and stability of the State.
It explained that the closure came shortly after the issue was deliberated on Tuesday, 15 September, at the State Security Council meeting held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
It stated that, “the governor noted that efforts to resolve the crisis ‘were aborted by those involved in the leadership tussle, principally to preserve their personal interests with little concern for the common good, and the peace and security of Kaduna State.’ ”
It further explained that, the Council noted that, the leadership crisis has led to disintegration of order in the church, and raised tensions between the followers of the rival camps, warning that government will not tolerate the use of religion and ethnicity to cause crisis in the state.
The churches and other of its branches affected include; Assemblies of God Church (Jerusalem); Assemblies of God Church, Nmbare; Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria (TSNN); Shalom Comprehensive College; and, Assemblies of God Church Evangelist Hospital.
It also added that, the crisis has also widened to the students of the church-owned school and seminary, who are now split and divided along factional lines.
“As a result of these measures, those who may be affected will be admitted into government schools or hospitals, if they choose to exercise the option.
“The Council also directed that the status quo with regard to farmlands, houses and other assets of the church be upheld pending resolution of the leadership crisis, which is a matter before the Supreme Court,” it pointed out.
Also, the governor emphasized that the state government will prosecute anyone, no matter his or her standing, that is implicated in fomenting crisis in whatever form in the state.