Christian Courts: Northern CAN Rejects Proposed Bill By House Of Representative
The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 northern states and Abuja has rejected the proposed bill seeking to create Christian courts in all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The bill is presently before the House of Representatives and has passed a second reading.
The Northern CAN said the so-called Christian Courts Bill was unnecessary at this point in time, as it would only trigger crisis in the country.
The position of the northern CAN was made known to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. John Hayab disclosed this to Punch in an interview.
Rev. Hayab expressed concern over the inherent danger posed by the proposed bill that had scaled the second reading in the House.
The bill is sponsored by Gyang Dung (PDP) from Plateau State and eight other members of the House.
Gyang while presenting the bill during plenary on Tuesday had said when established, the courts would complement the regular courts especially on matters relating to the tenets of the Christian faith.
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Dung, however, noted that the cases that the proposed court could handle should be between individuals and groups that yielded to its jurisdiction.
But the Christian body noted that rather than embarking on an enterprise that could throw the country into another bout of crisis, the lawmakers should make laws that could unite Nigerians.
Rev. Hayab said:
“This Christian Courts Bill cannot help us because we care that is why we are voicing it out.
“This thing is not really what Nigerians want now.”
The spokesman noted that the religious body would want the National Assembly, especially the House of Representatives to succeed.
He, however, argued that “we think some of their actions can really trigger crisis.”
CAN, according to Rev. Hayab, was of the belief that the House should hammer more on what would bear good fruit for Nigerians and “not what will divide us.”
He reminded the lawmakers to also note that the traditional religion worshippers were entitled to rights of worship as enshrined in the constitution.
He added that “what if they wake up tomorrow and demand that there must be court for the ‘pagans?’”