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El’ Rufai allays fear over bill on preaching


Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

• Governor says he won’t ban evangelism in Kaduna

Contrary to insinuations that the bill on religious preaching in Kaduna State would ban evangelism, the state governor Mallam Nasir El’ Rufai, yesterday clarified that it was meant to curb emerging religious extremism.

The governor, who made the clarifications at a forum organised by a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Carefronting Nigeria in Kaduna, said his concern for the security of lives and property informed the proposal.

Carefronting Nigeria Coordinator, Peter Maji, said the group was moved to call stakeholders for discussion, because of the issues the bill have generated in the state and across the nation.

Maji argued that the forum tagged, “Kaduna State Religious preaching regulations Bill: Intention and perception,” was aimed at getting the views of the critical stakeholders, and finding the way forward for peace and development of the state.

Represented by his spokesman, Mallam Samuel Aruwan, the governor disclosed that government appreciates the reservations and contributions of religious leaders, and other critical stakeholders who have made their genuine positions on the issues known.

He noted that it was unfortunate that some people have started politicising the good intention of government to restore peace in Kaduna.

He further stressed that in the bill, Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) and Jama’atu Nasir Islam (JNI), would have a role, whereby strange ideological beliefs, that are not in tandem with both faiths will be checked.

According to him, just before the present government came on board, there were killings in Southern Kaduna and Birnin Gwari axis of the state, which have now come under control.

“Government wants to curb extremism associated with religious beliefs, and not to stop evangelism in the state, or stop people from practicing their faith,” he explained.

The spokesman added that the, ‘’Governor means well for the people, and wants to secure the lives and property of the residents of the state. There are emerging threats and we need to take drastic action now. We should all support this bill,” he added.

The Director General, Interfaith Mediation, Namadi Musa, noted that members of the Interfaith Mediation have gone round the three senatorial zones, to sensitise the people.

He called on the state House of Assembly to make use of the public hearing opportunity, so that people can contribute their inputs.

Among the stakeholders present at the preaching bill roundtable included, the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ja’amatu Nasir Islam,JNI, Christian Lawyers, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, and other religious groups and Non Governmental Organisations.

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  • okwuteise

    Christians, believe this pigmy at your peril

    • Naija4life

      There’s a better way of making yourself heard other than being abusive towards the governor. Even me too, I’m not carried away by his statement.

      • okwuteise

        As matter of fact if we see face to face , I will still abuse him to his face. He may be your governor but he is not my governor.El Rufai is wicked, he is disrespectful, he is a religious bigot, infact he stands for everything evil.Such a man can only be a governor in a country like Nigeria and not in any decent clime

        • Yerima Bature

          You certainly seem to be practicing your faith very well in the way you ‘love your enemy’ if El Rufai is your enemy, and the way you are ‘praying for those who despitefully use you’. Wether your religion allows it or not, abuse should be below your dignity, and your sentiments create more heat than light, ssorry

          • okwuteise

            Firstly , I think you deserve the sorry more than me, why? …because you have consistently kept devilish mute in the face of other peoples calamity. This I mean the consistent decimation of farmers (especially christians) by the fulani herdsmen (it never attracted your attention),. Secondly, the consistent killings in the christian villages in the southern kaduna areas. ( all these don’t matter to you, but only the percieved abuse on El Rufai) Thirdly, you have just succeded in quoting the Bible out of context… but I also know that my Bible tells me in Matthew 11:12, that “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” so thinking that we shall continue ” turn the other cheek” then you have misfired..