A bill passed by the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, aims to regulate religious preaching and ban the use of micro phone speakers for any religious purpose across the state.
The bill titled: “A bill for a law to substitute the Kaduna State religious preaching law, 1984” sent to State House of Assembly stated that “loudspeakers should not be used any where else in Kaduna State other than inside a Mosque or Church and the surrounding areas outside the stipulated prayer times.”
In the bill obtained by Leadership, the Governor wants the Assembly to enact the law that will stop the playing or circulating of “all cassettes, CDs, flash drives or any other communication gadgets containing religious recordings form accredited preachers – especially gadgets in which abusive language is used against any person or religious organisation or leaders (past or present).”
The bill however, did not trail on the peoples right to use the religious communication gadget at their own houses, porch, Church, Mosques and other designated places of worship.
Governor El-Rufia believes that if the bill is passed into law, it will prohibit sales of religious books, as well as the usage of abusive and derogatory terms in describing any religion.
The bill proposes that any person found guilty of preaching without a valid licence and other offences under the law “shall be liable to two years in prison or pay a fine of N200,000.”
Sharia courts and customary courts under the bill if, passed into law, shall have the jurisdiction to try violators.
Recall: El-Rufai was in charge of the Abuja demolition during Olusegun Abasanjo’s reign as the President of Nigeria in 2006, in a feat to restore the original master plan of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
And news report says he is currently conducting a heavy duty demolition exercise in his home town, Zaria; residential houses, schools, hospitals etc have been crushed since he became Kaduna State governor in 2015.