Atheist Society of Nigeria

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Saturday, 26 October 2019

PRESS RELEASE!

26th October, 2019.

The Atheist Society of Nigeria would like to draw attention to an article published on the website HERE stating that the APC is using ASN to fight the Akwa Ibom State Government.

We want to categorically state that the Atheist Society of Nigeria is a non-partisan and non-governmental organisation registered with the CAC. Part of our aims is the promotion of secularism and the separation of religion from state in governance. We DO NOT have any affiliation with any political party in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world.

We STRONGLY object to the claims by the author of the article that we are being used for political partisan purposes.

Our lawsuit is borne out of the need to address the myriad ways in which governance has been constantly entangled with religion in the country while ignoring the many other problems facing the nation. The Akwa Ibom State Government is bent on spending as much as N8 Billion (Eight billion Naira) on a religious worship centre not minding the decaying infrastructures and abandoned projects in the State, including but not limited to the abandoned Uyo-Ikot Ekpene Road, the poor health care sector in the state which makes the state one with the highest HIV prevalence in the country, second highest unemployment rate among the 36 states, 3rd highest debt profile in the country among many other things. Surely, there are enough social projects that can be undertaken with such an amount that will actually benefit all the citizens of the state.

ASN wouldn't be interested were the said funds raised by private individuals or the governor's personal finances but considering that these are tax payer funds which includes people from other religious affiliations and/or non-religious folks, it is important that the Government be held accountable for their spending.
We hope to follow through the case to its logical conclusion as we have already launched an appeal of the judgement because we believe the ramifications of this case will reach into many other places in the country where such abuse of office has been occurring without any accountability.

For more information, you can reach us at info@atheist.org.ng

Signed:
ASN Media team.





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