Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has faulted a recent report of tension in Bauchi over allocation of land for christian cemetery in some section of the media.
A press statement signed and made available to newsmen in Bauchi by the ECWA, Bauchi South DCC Secretary, Rev. Abednego M. Kam on Tuesday described the publication as mischievous and malicious centered on falsehood.
“The attention of the Trustees of the ECWA Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has been drawn to mischievous and malicious publication which is centered on falsehood”, the press statement said.
According to the ECWA, the said publication on Monday, January 16, 2023 with the caption “Tension in Bauchi over allocation of cemetery was credited to one Sani Sarki Yakubu.
“ECWA wish to state categorically that the said publication was done with the sole aim of causing unnecessary confusion, tension and the likelihood of crisis among the law abiding citizens of Bauchi”, Rev. Abednego said.
The press statement pointed out that the land in question was acquired by the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) now ECWA about 72 years ago with evidence of title and ownership.
It added that, several Court decisions have confirmed ECWA’s ownership of the land.
The press statement tagged, Re: “Tension in Bauchi over allocation of cemetery”, maintained that government’s effort to get cemetery for christians should be applauded rather than attempting to create rancor among the citizens.
“ECWA wish to note that the desire of Government to partner in getting a cemetery for Christians should be applauded rather than attempting to create an atmosphere of rancor that may dis-stabilize the long peace and stability being enjoyed in Bauchi under the able leadership of his Excellency, Bala Mohammed”, Rev. Abednego said.
He said ECWA remains resolute on its authenticity of being the owner of the land, adding that the Church is committed to working with the state government for the good of all.