Thirty-Two members, three ministers and 48 churches belonging to the Evangelical Church Winn-ing All (ECWA), were lost to the post-election vio-lence that erupted in parts of the North, following the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan as winner of the April 16, 2011 presidential poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Houses and business premises belonging to another 162 members of the church were destroyed during the violence. This revelation was made pu-blic in a communiqué re-leased by the church at the end of its 58th General Church Council (GCC), which held in Jos, Plateau state recently.
The communiqué signed by the church president, Rev. Anthony Farinto and his General Secretary, Rev. Mipo Dadang, con-demned the violence, stating it was preplanned and targeted at Christians. It therefore called on the Federal Government to bring perpetrators of the violence to book to serve as a deterrent to others.
The church further dem-anded for adequate comp-ensation for victims of the crisis, saying: “We de-mand that the leadership of this nation and particu-larly the states where the crises took place, to com-pensate these losses, because we feel that they have failed in their resp-onsibilities of protecting the lives of the citizens as the chief security officers.”
The communiqué reads: “We see this as a deliber-ate effort by enemies of democracy to truncate our fledgling democracy,” adding that it was a mis-placed aggression meted against the Church which is not a political party, but a religious organization.
ECWA, as a denominat-ion, the communique fur-ther argued, is of the opinion that “the fact that the crises erupted in most parts of Northern Nigeria, and the fact that in all cases Christians and their places of worship were the main targets, suggest that the crisis was religious, well planned and well ex-ecuted”.
The council also ratified the creation of additional District Church Councils (DCC) to cope with expan-sion within the church, bringing to 78 the number of DCCs of ECWA in Nigeria and abroad.