Nigeria: Community protest against demolition of churches, 300 houses by authorities
By Mohammad Ibrahim
March 17, Kaduna: Residents of Gbagyi Villa in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State North West part of Nigeria came out en masse to protest against the state government planned to demolish 300 houses and churches in the area.
According to the angry community, about 40 churches have already been marked for demolition by the Kaduna State Government.It could be recalled that the state government under the leadership of Nasir El-Rufai vowed to recover lands belonging to public schools and hospitals that were illegally occupied by groups and individuals in the state.
Recently Oslo Times reported about another community in New Kaduna City whose houses we also marked for demolition in the state.
Gbagyi protesters who include adults, women and children converged on a major road in the community which share boundaries with Kaduna Polytechnic campus along Television Bye-Pass and Ungwan Romi to express their grievances.
The protesters raised placards with inscription such as " El-Rufai is this the change we voted for?" "El-Rufai demolition is ethnic cleansing against Gbagyi people" " Demolition of Gbagyi villa is illegal" " El-Rufai's plan to demolish Gonin Gora and Gbagyi villa in Southern Kaduna is real" among others.
Chairman of the community Chris Obodumu who read a statement jointly signed by him and Nasiru Jagaba, National Coordinator,Youth Wing of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SUKAPU) said other places marked were private schools, hospitals and business places.
"This community has over 40 churches and 3,000 houses, if they are demolished them, where will we go and worship and shelter?.
"El-Rufai should visit our community, come and inspect the physical facts on ground. We believe you will agree with us that Gbagyi Villa deserves protection , not destruction," he said.
The community further urged President Muhammadu Buhari to advice the state government on the need for a change of heart."We call on all advocates of justice,peace,fairness and human rights to join us in our quest for the preservation of our community," he said
The community chairman explained that the land belong to ancestral of Gbagyi people before part of it was 'acquired' by Kaduna Polytechnic.
The Oslo Times