…as Dr. Olakunle Churchill bags chieftaincy title
By Chris Onuoha
It was excitement and celebration galore at Kagoro community in Kafanchan, Kaduna State as Big Church Foundation’s team visits the troubled village to access damages melted on the community during the Kada River Massacre between the community and the Fulani herdsmen.
The group, led by their Chairman, Dr. Olakunle Churchill alongside the Foundation’s Ambassador, Praiz Adejo, and others on a philanthropic mission, made a historic entry to the place as they were first received by the community king, His Royal Highness, Ufuwai Boned and the Royal Cabinets amidst entertaining traditional dances and cultural displays by the people at the village square.
Prior to this visit, Big Church Foundation had earlier provided fund and relief materials to Kagoro community, Kaduna South as a gesture to identify with the plight the people suffered as a result of the Massacre.
His Royal Highness, Ufuwai Boned expressed his appreciation on behalf of the Kagoro Kingdom for the support of Dr. Olakunle Churchill in sending out his team during the heat of the crisis penetrated by the Fulani herdsmen that left a lot of people dead with houses and properties destroyed. The King could not hide his joy for the timely assistance of Big Church Foundation to the people of Kagoro at the critical time of need.
He further called on Nigerians and Government through the influence of Big Church Foundation to provide security and shelter for the displaced indigenes of Kagoro and also the re-opening of the closed University Campus in Kafanchan including College of Education, Gidanwaya which are the only institutions in Southern Kaduna.
Responding, Dr. Olakunle Churchill said, “I was moved to help humanity and particularly the Kagoro Community during this Massacre to save lives and support in rebuilding the destroyed village.”
Dr. Churchill reiterated his commitment in ensuring that the community gets adequate assistance to improve their lives and all necessary damages repaired. He further presented his Foundation gifts and souvenirs to the King and council of elders.
Moved by this kind hearted gesture, the palace high chiefs in appreciation proposed to coronate Dr. Churchill with a chieftaincy title to be held later. The palace reception was also followed by a charity football match between Kagoro Football Team and Big Churchill Foundation soccer team held at the village field with prize money presented to community team that emerged winners.
Meanwhile, a high budget movie with title, ‘Kada River’ that will reflect the historical plights of the people of KADA River of the Southern Kaduna, Nigerians will soon hit the box office. The film produced by the Big Church Foundation is created for people to witness the painful destructions and obnoxious catastrophe that was experienced by the community. The screen production is featuring top Nollywood stars and some of the indigenes of the Kagoro community.
According to Churchill, “KADA RIVER- is movie that will make a remarkable impact in promoting religious, political and ethnic tolerance and stop violence that could lead to the division of the country. The movie when released and premiered will also further promote peace in Southern Kaduna in particular and Northern Nigeria in general.”