Christian and Muslim leaders trade words over burnt Church in Ilorin Reviewed by Momizat on . The Christian community in Ilorin has accused the Secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee (NIREC) and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Pr The Christian community in Ilorin has accused the Secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee (NIREC) and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Pr Rating:
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Christian and Muslim leaders trade words over burnt Church in Ilorin

The Christian community in Ilorin has accused the Secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee (NIREC) and former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Isiaq Oloyede of setting a church ablaze over land dispute.

Members of the Living Faith Church (a branch of Winners Chapel) along Airport road in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital woke up Monday morning to find their new church razed down by unknown people.

The new church building which was constructed about two months ago has been an issue of litigation between the church and members of Muslim Students Society of Nigeria in the city.

While briefing the press on the issue, the state secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Cornelius Fawenu alleged that the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin had thrice threatened to deal with the worshippers, claiming that the land belonged to Muslims.

The clergy further alleged that Professor Oloyede had also threatened to dislodge them by all means if possible.

Reverend Fawenu also added that several efforts have been made to avert trouble as the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the state governor and the state Commissioner of Police were contacted to avert trouble.

Reacting, Professor Isiaq Oloyede fuming with anger denied ever being involved in the fracas and he threatened to sue the leadership of Christians in the state for damaging his name.

As the secretary of Nigerian Inter Religious Committee, Professor Oloyede said he will never be involved in what could lead to crisis in whatever form and urged Christians in the state to avoid dragging his name into mud.

A visit to the church reveals the total destruction of musical instrument and chairs in the church as remnants of burnt equipments litter the surrounding.

Although the church which is still under construction had been used on several occasion for worshipping.

All efforts to get the reaction of the police proved abortive as the state Commissioner of Police and the Police Public Relation Officer were not on duty despite several visits.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/russell.duru Russell Duru-Victor

    Kwara is known for peace, why raising down a church building? May God have mercy and bring back peace to one of my most adored states in Nigeria.

  • Nnamdi

    As long as religion is used as a basis to cause mayhem, we can never progress to the peace and unity we sing about in the anthem. The perpertrators must be found and brought to book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zakka-Daniel-Sankey/100002362294126 Zakka Daniel Sankey

    They are terrorist, guided by their manual called their holy book  

    • Ayoola1

      ur name reflects terrorist, our holy book is the only book that truly condemn terrorism &injustice. And our holy book is not a manual because it is not hand written, reviewed and has no version like yours because it was revealed by our creator and perfected by Him. Be objective, stop reacting like a tout and for ur information, the chief terrorist is Benjamin Netanyahu   

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSCIOAFWLI27DBLPE2PX3UJOVQ Samson A

         Even the holy bible (recognized before quaran) which God gave to man was never claimed to descend to man from sky not to talk of a qua ran. i recommend that you seek for knowledge and stop what is called religious bigotry. mumu like you

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdulsalam.abdulwahab.3 Abdulsalam Abdulwahab

    Religion in what ever name, is the worse thing that can ever happen to a man.Every involved in the burning of LFC Ilorin sooner or later with accept JESUS as his Lord and personal savior.

    • Ayoola1

      what if they Christians? is Jesus truly Lord and Savior? 

      • emmanuel egede

        yes Jesus is truly Our Lord And Our saviour and that includes you

        • Ayoola1

          My creator is my Savior and everybody including Jesus. He saved Jesus against the enemy by taking him to heaven and made them crucify a traitor .

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