Irate youths have set ablaze the Baptist Church at Gidan Maso village in Rogo Local Government Area of Kano State.
The residence of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba, was not also spared by the arsonists as it was completely razed.
The Pastor’s daughter, who got caught up in the melee, was suffocated to death.
Disclosing this at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday was the President of “Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nijeria” (Hausa, Fulani and Kanuri Christians), General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko (rtd).
He disclosed that the irate youths who committed the dastardly acts at about 7:30pm on April 1, actually came to kill one Yahaya Joshua, who converted to Islam but later reverted back to Christianity.
The Kano incident came barely a week after a similar attack on a branch of Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel in Giwa, headquarters of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State by two unidentified arsonists.
In a statement titled, Another church torched Again…, read at the briefing in Abuja, General Dikko said: ” The Baptist Church at Gidan Maso village of Rogo LGA in Kano State was set on fire by youths of the Village on 01 April, 2015 at about 7:30 pm.”
“The Church and all the properties were burnt down in the presence of the Christian Community despite all pleadings for them to stop the destruction. The arsonists gathered cornstalks and put inside the Church in order to cause greater damage. This made the action to seem deliberate and for ulterior motives.
“The Christians present exhibited great Christian qualities by not taking the law into their hands by trying to stop them by force. Rather than the arsonists to see reason, they were infuriated which led to setting the house of the Pastor, Rev Habila Garba, ablaze as well.”
“As a result of the fire, one of the Pastor’s daughters died of suffocation and most of the house destroyed.”
“They also attacked and wounded Bawa Adamu and Aminu Dauda, who received machete cuts leading to broken arms. Others received similar wounds but of lesser degrees.”
“The cause of the barbaric act was to kill one youth, Yahaya Joshua, who converted to Islam but later on reverted back to Christianity. The youth had escaped on learning of the plan to kill him. They therefore set the Church and Pastor’s house on fire and went about maiming and wounding any Christian they saw.”
“The incident was immediately reported to the Police and the District Head at Rogo. At the time of filing this report on 3rd April, 2015, no information was received about the action taken or if any arrests were made. However, all the wounded know and can identify their attackers by name since they all belong to the same village.”
“The Tarayyar Masihiyawan Nigeriya is calling on the authorities to take the necessary steps to stem or stop all these harassments and molestations of innocent Christians for whatever reasons. We have the right to belong to any religion of our choice and live anywhere in this country. We call on the authorities at all levels to rise up to their responsibilities to protect lives and properties of every citizen in this country.”Courtesy:thewillnigeria.