According to Jama’atu Ta’awunil Muslimeen, the Muslim Brotherhood at Iwo Secretariat on Thursday, June 3rd kicked against the building of a church within the Secretariat, because the land ownership by CAN had been revoked by the community, asserting it is a potential waste to build the Church.
Earlier on Thursday, the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Iwo Chapter was captured laying a foundation for a Church building, within the perimeter of the Secretariat on the premise that they owned land within the said area, but have been prevented from developing it countless times, due to reprisals from the largely Muslim dominated area.
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During a meeting with Oba Abdul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, the Oluwu of Iwo land, the Muslims within the Secretariat kicked against the decision for CAN to build a church in the area.
The council-manager, Alhaji Balogun T.A, was quoted saying that he wasn’t informed of the decision to build the Church. He stated that he was at Oshogbo when he was informed of the ongoing project at the Secretariat.
Here are the reasons Muslims in Iwo Secretariat cited that led to a reprisal against the building.
1. CAN did not follow the due process. Before now, there has been a dispute over the said land, and sources confirmed that the Christian ownership of those lands has been revoked. This was why the Muslim Brotherhood had to stop the ongoing project, at Araromi Iwo.
Christians claim that the land was given to them since 1999. As a result of dispute in ownership, the Olowu has requested that everyone come with authentic documents to prove their ownership of the site.
2. Muslims in Iwo Community argued that the land would be a wasted property in Iwo. Because they might not be attending the Church during weekends if built within the Secretariat.
During the meeting, the Muslims agreed that they have equal constitutional rights to the land as the Christians in Iwo do, but they would love to see the building used for something more profitable to Iwo land – than a building that may potentially be abandoned.
Source: Jama’at Ta’awunil Muslimeen