Clergyman rejects bill on National Council for Christian Education
Bishop of Anglican Communion, Calabar Diocese, Rt. Rev. Nneoyi Egbe, has faulted a recent bill before the House of Representatives seeking to establish the National Council for Christian Education.
He made this known during an interactive session with journalists, yesterday, on the sidelines of the Eleventh Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Diocese of Calabar.
Egbe, who also decried the abandonment of viable projects by successive administrations, both at the state and federal levels, said it was wrong to regulate Christian education in Nigeria. According to him, no man can regulate God.
The cleric called on the government to disregard the idea, and rather concentrate on issues currently confronting the nation.
He said: “On paper, this looks good. But we are living in a country where deception and power play are the norm. It is not clear what the motive for this bill is, but we are watching. While we watch, we need to make clear to sponsors of the bill that no mortal can direct what God wants. God cannot be locked in a classroom.
“Consequently, sponsors and operators of this legislation must note that they cannot regulate Christian education. Christianity is about man’s relationship with God, and must not be seen as a regular religion that is man-made. No man can regulate God or what aspects of God are to be taught.”
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