The leadership of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), has debunked claims of holding Muslims/Almajiris hostage with the intent of forcefully converting them to Christianity.
In a statement issued to newsmen, the president of ECWA Dr Stephen Baba Panya explained that the allegations statement were not only false but also a deliberate attempt to cause a religious crisis in the church.
The statement reads: “We wish to present the following facts on the allegation:
“Among numerous ECWA Units is the ECWA Discipleship Unit established under the ECWA Church-Related Ministries Department of the ECWA Headquarters
“The Unit, among other activities trains the less privileged in the society for capacity building, skill acquisition, Christian Ethics and leadership skills with the sole purpose of making them relevant to the society.”
He explained that the trainees pay a mandatory sum of N75,000.00 to cover feeding and training fees and are free to withdraw from the program at any time if dissatisfied with either the policies or the condition of the facility.
”The ECWA Church-Related Ministries Department was shocked over the false allegations said to have emanated from the “escapee” Abdulrahman Hussaini that the trainees at the property are citizens that were forcefully brought to it for the purpose of forcefully converting them to Christianity.
“Following a report by the JNI in Jos as we later understood, the DSS visited our facility and accordingly interviewed the occupants who freely disclosed to the security agents that they enrolled on the program at their own volition and were not forced, except Abdulrahman Hussaini’s brother who opted to leave with his brother Abdulrahaman and were released to the DSS without any hesitation,” he added
He stressed that what is clear in this drama, is that the Hussaini brothers were planted as moles for the purpose of discrediting the good works of the church unit where thousands of trainees have benefited and are now living as responsible members of the society.
”What is more, Trainees are given two weeks break six months after their stay in the facility to get back and prepare for the final lap of their training. It is of the moment to note that the Hussani brothers have gone on this break and returned on their own volition “