By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
The Christians community in Bauchi State has been assured of provision of conducive environment to enable them practice their religion in line with the Constitutional provisions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The assurance came from Governor Bala Mohammed during the inauguration of the newly elected leadership of the State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) where he called on Christians to always promote peace and peaceful coexistence.
Governor Bala Mohammed said that there wouldn’t be any meaningful development or progress in a chaotic atmosphere, saying in a chaotic situation no one will be able to practice any religion.
Represented by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BAVOCA), Hassana Arkila, the governor noted that the present insecurity challenge can only be tackled when all hands are on deck as government alone cannot win the fight.
Senator Bala Mohammed reiterated the commitment of his administration to promoting religious tolerance, saying Bauchi state is bigger than anyone no matter how higly placed, and warned trouble makers using religion to breach peace.
The Governor therefore warned those who are in the habit of using religion to cause crisis to stop forthwith or be forced to do so by force within the laws of the country.
He tasked the new leadership of CAN to eschew bitterness and work together for peace and peaceful coexistence among the body of Christ which positive impact will be felt in the state.
In his remarks, Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu challenged Christians to live in peace with everyone, descrbing Christianity as a religion of peace and peaceful living.
Represented by the Wakilin Wajen Bauchi, Rev Saleh Abdu Tala, the Emir challenged the new leadership of CAN to unite the Church and preach peace and peaceful living, stressing that the state has had enough of religious crisis and therefore needs peace which can be promoted by everyone.
The CAN outgoing Chairman, Rev Joshua Ray Maina has in a farewell message, called for unity in the body of Christ in the state as, according to him, Christians have suffered enough of persecution across the country simply because there is no unity among them.
Joshua Ray Maina while recounting his 6 years of stewardship, said that his leadership has done its possible best and is bowing out with shoulders high having led the CAN out of crisis in the state.
Maina charged the incoming Leadership to be courageous in running the affairs of the association to make it an all-inclusive administration for the good of the Christian community in the state, stressing the need for unity of purpose.
The CAN new Chairman, Rev Abraham Damina Dimeus has assured that his leadership will not derail in promoting peace, unity and cooperation among Christians in Bauchi state, saying it is only through such that the body of Christ can foster unity with others.
Dimeus warned that his administration will not tolerate gossips, side-talks and moves that will divide the Church, and advised those in the habit of causing division in the Church to desist henceforth, and join hands to build a stronger Church.
The chairman then assured that all the ongoing projects which include CAN Secretariat and CAN College of Nursing and Midwifery will be completed by his administration.