The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State has denied reports that over 20 churches and schools would be demolished by the Borno State government to give way for the construction of 1000 housing units in Maiduguri.
Speaking at a press conference at the CAN headquarters in Wulari area of Maiduguri metropolis, the state chairman of CAN Reverend Titus Pona called on Nigerians to disregard the media report which was the outcome of a letter sent to some churches from the state ministry of land and survey.
He said, “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.
“We urge Christians to disregard the said report and continue their normal activities. Christians everywhere are known to cherish peaceful-coexistence. 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.
Reverend Pona said facts available to them indicate that the planned construction of a housing does not warrant the demolition of any church, or any public or private structure at that location.