Reacting to the religious bill which is before the Kaduna State House of Assembly seeking to regulate religious activities in the state, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari warning him against the bill and asking him to call the governor of the aforementioned state, Nasir el-Rufai, to order.
The State Government had in February sent the executive bill “For A Law To Substitute The Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law, 1984” which requires a preacher in Kaduna State to obtain preaching permit and also bans residents from playing evangelical tapes and CDs in public places and allows loud speakers to be used only inside churches and mosques but not beyond 8.00 pm. According to the bill, defaulters are liable to a fine of N200,000.
However, the Chairman of the PFN in Enugu State, Rev. Dr. Godwin Madu, yesterday earnestly persuaded President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Nasir El-Rufai to order because the Religious Preaching Bill has the potential of throwing the nation into a state of complete confusion. According to Madu;
“The situation in Kaduna State today calls for caution because this religious issue may bring problem in other states if not properly checked. The licensing of preachers is not in the best interest of the nation and it is contrary to the constitution of the country.
“Are we being forced to have two countries in Nigeria or two constitutions? Mr President should intervene in this matter. Let there be caution and proper understanding between government, leaders and religious leaders; let us stop anything that will not make for peace.”
Speaking on the plan by the Federal Government to establish grazing reserves in all the States of the Federation, Rev. Madu described it as an under-cover plot to Islamize Nigeria. Hear him:
“We frown at the impending doom that may befall the nation if Mr. President fails to check the incessant attempts to Islamize the states. We request the National Assembly not to consider such bill; let the sponsors of such bill desist from it.
“The nature of attacks on the host communities of the Fulani herdsmen is so damaging; how can a grazing field be given to them whereas it is the cause of crisis in several cities across the country.”
PFN also pleaded with security agencies to the aid of defenseless citizens “whose farms are being damaged, their wives and daughters raped and murdered.”