Evangelical Church of West Africa Advises Nigerian State on Bill

The Bauchi District Church Council of Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) has called on the Nigeria state government to withdraw the bill it sponsored to the state House of Assembly on the compulsory teaching of Arabic language and the establishment of Arabic/Islamic Board in the state.

In a letter to the state governor and signed by the chairman and secretary, ECWA Bauchi district, Rev. Dauda Gambo and Dauda S. Galadima, the council said the move was meant to consolidate Sharia in the state.

The church, which warned against the passage of the bill, pointed out that the bill was a move by the state government to use public funds in the promotion of a particular religion at the expense of the other.

They maintained that the state government under the leadership of state Governor, Ahmadu Adamu Mu'azu, has not done anything for the development of the Christian community since he assumed office in 1999 despite the fact that they voted for him in great numbers twice to ensure his victory at the polls.

While assuring the governor and his government of their "unalloyed support