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CAN seeks repeal of El-Rufai’s religious law

– The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the law made by Governor El-Rufia which seeks to regulate preaching in Kaduna state

– CAN said the law especially targets Christians and it is meant to frustrate them from practising their faith

– According to the association, Nigeria’s constitution allows for the freedom of worship and peaceful gathering

Taraba state branch of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the law regulating religious preaching in Kaduna state by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The association said that the law should be changed as the chairman of CAN in the state also challenged political leaders to work towards deepening the nation’s democracy, The Guardian reports.

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The association’s chairman, Innocent Solomon, in a statement on Thursday, June 13, said Nigeria is a secular state whose constitution allows for the freedom of worship and peaceful gathering.

He said the law by El-Rufai is a very bad one and must be changed as it is will not allow for democratic growth in the country.

The chairman also said the law contains some clauses that are targeted at Christians in the country and to frustrate them.

“It is designed to frustrate the Christians from celebrating Christmas, Easter and other vigils in the state. It is obnoxious and criminalises any person who plays religious cassette or uses a loud speaker for religious purposes between the hours of 11pm and 4am,” he said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a group of 500 pastors asked for the resignation of Reverend Samson Olasupo Ayokunle as president of CAN.

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The pastors, under the aegis of Concerned Christian Forum of Nigeria (CCFN), alleged that CAN has been taken over by politicians and ethnic bigots who now see the association as a tool to be used at will.

The agitating group reportedly made of some eminent pastors in the country, said they were not comfortable with the direction of CAN and the church which it accused of drifting aimlessly.

According to the group, CAN, which was established in 1980, had an original project to unite the body of Christ as a counterweight to the growth of political Islam.

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