Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi yesterday intervened in the crisis rocking the Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria. He has directed security operatives to allow leaders and members of the church to gather at their New Haven Enugu branch for a prayer meeting without molestation.
Ugwuanyi gave the directive as thousands of worshippers belonging to the camp of the factional General Superintendent of the Church, Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka, staged a peaceful protest at Government House Enugu.
The Church leaders and members, comprising some District Superintendents and pastors from across the country had gathered to hold a meeting at the New Haven Enugu branch of the Church, which also serves as the District Headquarters, Enugu. But they were prevented from holding the prayers by more than 50 policemen who were armed to the teeth.
The policemen told the church leaders that they were acting on the directive of the State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, a development that provoked the protest march to the Government House by the church leaders and members. Addressing the protesting members of the Church, Ugwuanyi stated that since he became the governor of the state, he had always welcomed every group, stressing that it should be taken that he did not belong to or support any of the factions of the church.
“So you people should go back to the church, I will make arrangement for you to go back through the CSO (Chief Security Officer), and complete your meeting. “Tomorrow, I will make arrangement for you people to dialogue with the Commissioner of Police, and the outcome of the dialogue will determine government involvement in the matter, whether to call a security council meeting or not,” he said.