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Kaduna preaching law harmful to churches, says Benue CAN

By Joseph Wantu, Makurdi
10 November 2021   |   2:46 am
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Benue State chapter, has described the bill signed into law by the Kaduna State government to regulate preaching in the state as injurious

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Urges national body to resist regulation

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Benue State chapter, has described the bill signed into law by the Kaduna State government to regulate preaching in the state as injurious and attack on the church.

The Chairman of Benue CAN, Rev. Augustine Leva, during a press conference in Makurdi, yesterday, maintained that the law “is not popular” and cannot be allowed to stay.

His words: “I want to believe that the law is against God. It baffles any right-thinking person in Nigeria and elsewhere that preaching would be regulated. How can you regulate God? How can you call God to order? That law cannot function in a secular state like Nigeria.”

The CAN chairman, who called on the national leadership of the association to take up the matter with the state government immediately, further urged all Christians in Nigeria to seek divine intervention in the matter through prayer, as there is nothing God cannot do.

While expressing worry at the trend of kidnapping or killing of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members on national assignment, Leva equally called on the Federal Government to provide adequate security for corps members in their camps, on their way to the primary assignment and even at the places they work.

On the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in several camps in the state, CAN express disgust at the level of sufferings of the inmates and wondered why the Federal Government was allegedly playing politics with human lives by refusing to fulfil its earlier promise of resettling the IDPs in their ancestral homes.

“It is disheartening and a clear case of insensitivity on the part of the Federal Government that the IDPs in various camps in the state are still suffering, more than three years after the Federal Government had promised to resettle them,” Leva added.

He asserted that Benue’s status as the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’ has been threatened by attacks on farming communities of the state, alleging that young men, who would have been into farming, were either killed on their farms or turned into inmates in the various camps.

The cleric, however, urged the people of the state to continue with dry season farming to guarantee food security and lower the prices of food items in the country.

He further lauded Governor Samuel Ortom for remaining firm in his struggle against the forceful takeover of Benue land and assured the governor of their continued support to record more achievements for the people of the state.

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