Thursday, February 23, 2012

Lagos state shuts churches

The Lagos state Government said it has shut down a branch of the Lord's Chosen Charismatic Ministry in Surulere and six other churches in the state over noise pollution. Other affected churches are Bible Church, FESTAC; The Chapter of Christ Church, Oregun; Assemblies of God's Church, Ikeja; The Golden Gate Church, Ifako-Ijaiye, and Seek and Save Ministry, Abule Egba.

A statement from the state Environmental Protection Agency, on Tuesday, said its official were forced to act after the churches continually ignored pre-sanction notices given to them to reduce the noise coming from their worship centres.

General Manager, LASEPA, Rasheed Shabi, said the abatement notices issued to the churches were to make them take the issue seriously all to no avail

Source: The Punch

Northern christians fault Sanusi’s Madalla donation

The Northern Christian Elders Forum on Wednesday in Kaduna said the recent donation of N25m by the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, to the victims of the Madalla Christmas Day bomb blast was a “face-saving measure.”

NOSCEF Chairman, Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, argued that the CBN would not have thought of making such monetary donation if Sanusi’s home town, Kano, had not been affected by the Boko Haram-induced crisis and bomb blasts.

Owojaiye believed the CBN governor made the donation to the victims of the Madalla bomb blast merely to appease Nigerians who had been criticising him for alleged bias.

The NOSCEF chairman added that by Sanusi’s action, it had become difficult for anyone to be convinced that the CBN governor did not discriminate against other Nigerians.

He said, “To us, the N25m donations to the victims of the bomb blast that killed many people at the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Madalla, is just a mere face saving measure by the CBN governor.

“Whatever Sanusi does, the fact still remains that he is biased against other Nigerians and is not fit to hold such an exalted position of the Governor of the CBN.”

The clergyman added, “Since his assumption of office as the CBN governor, he has portrayed himself more as someone who is out to advance the cause of a particular section and a religious group rather than restricting himself strictly to the constitutional functions of a CBN governor.

“We have had several Boko Haram attacks and other unfortunate incidents in many parts of this country and there was no donation from the CBN. But as soon as the Kano incident happened, the CBN donated N100m.

“We want Sanusi to tell us what the CBN has done for hundreds of other Nigerians who were victims of Boko Haram violent attacks in various parts of the North. Sanusi must explain to Nigerians the basis for this selective donation of N100m to victims of Kano attack.

“It must be noted that we are not opposed to the CBN’s assistance to those affected in the unfortunate incident in Kano, but what we are opposed to is the bias being demonstrated by Sanusi.

“We expect somebody occupying the exalted position to live above ethnic, religious and parochial inclinations.

Source: The Punch

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