Security expert and director general of the Youths and Crime Prevention Initiative Nigeria Patriot, Opara Osita, has faulted the closure of Assemblies of God Church-owned schools, hospital and churches in Saminaka, Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State by the government following internal leadership crisis rocking the church.
The director general, said that the state government should have looked for a more effective way in resolving the crises rather than outright closure.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Osita said that the closure of the churches, schools and hospitals has the tendency to escalate the crises rather than resolve it.
It would be recalled that Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan directed that the churches and the three institutions be shut down to avoid the leadership tussle degenerating into a conflict.
The churches that were shut down as a result of the crisis are the Assemblies of God Church Nmbare and the Assemblies of God Church (Jerusalem), while the institutions affected are the Theological Seminary of Northern Nigeria, TSNN, Shalom Comprehensive College, and AGC Evangelist Hospital owned by the church.
But Osita argued that denying over 500 members of the church access to their places of worship, schools and hospital is anti people and unnecessary and not the best option in the present circumstance.
He also called for an investigative committee that will look into the matter to be set up, but advised that such committee should be made up of purely Christian leaders.
“The Kaduna State government should re-open the Assemblies of God Churches in Saminaka so that the members would not be denied access to worship. The school and seminary too should be re-opened in order leave the youths idle because it has the capacity of exacerbating the insecurity currently being faced. And as for the hospital, it is very unnecessary to have shut it as it has nothing to do with the crisis.
“All the government should have done was to call the leaders to order and then deploy security to the area to check the breakdown of law and order. But closing the churches, schools and hospitals will only lead to feelings of hatred and injustice among the people, while the government will be seen as hindering the people from their worship because of internal problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, he has called on the youths of the area to remain calm and urged the government to deal decisively with anyone fuelling crisis in Assemblies of God Churches in Saminaka and the state at large.
He stressed that it took the timely intervention of his NGO to avert crisis by youths following the closure of the church, schools and hospital owned by the church.

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