Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said his government plans to reconstruct worship centres affected by crises in the state since 2011.
El-Rufai said this on Tuesday at the Emergency Meeting of the Kaduna State Council of Chiefs at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.
According to the former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Chairman, his government will fight for the peoples’ freedom to worship.
He said “It is time for a powerful coalition for peace to speak frankly and support firm actions against those who menace the right of our citizens to live in peace wherever they choose, to freely practice their faith anywhere and to pursue legitimate livelihoods without let or hindrance.
“No group or individual will be allowed to veto or constrain the rights that the Constitution has guaranteed.”
He further noted that “It is sad that many of the places of worship that were destroyed in crises since 2011 are yet to be reconstructed.
“We need to achieve closure on the resettlement of displaced persons, payment of compensation to 2011 victims and the reconstruction of destroyed properties.
“We have therefore approached the Federal Government to provide the balance of 53% of assessed compensation to enable victims to rebuild their lives, and for all places of worship to be restored.”