– The CAN chairman of Kaduna chapter, Reverend John Hayab, has condemned the new religious preaching regulation law in the state
– A bill, which will subject preachers to screening by government agency, was introduced by Governor Nasir El-Rufai during his first term as governor of the state
– Hayab called on the Christians in the state to pray against the bill, saying if God can turn the hand of Pharaoh of Egypt, He can touch the heart of the governor
The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna chapter, Reverend John Hayab, called on Christians in the state to offer special prayers against a bill recently signed by the state House of Assembly.
Vanguard reports that Hayab also called on the state governor, Nasir El Rufai, to obey the court ruling which declared some aspects of the bill as illegal and concentrate of addressing the security challenges in the state.
The state high court last week declared that the state had no rights to screen and issue licences to religious preachers in the state, while affirming that the government had the rights to regulate religious activities in the state.
He said: “CAN was ready to pursue the case to the Supreme Court in the unlikely event that the governor decided to go against the ruling of the court.
“Given the ominous purpose of the bill, we stand with the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Kaduna state chapter to legally pursue the matter to the apex court of the land.
“CAN wishes to advise the Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration that rather than dissipate valuable time and energy on a matter with a propensity to create further misunderstanding in the state, the government should focus its attention on the security challenges be devilling the state.
According to CAN, the Kaduna government needs to focus on people-oriented programmes and stop exploiting religious differences to further polarize the citizenry.
The Christian association added that if the government refuses to listen to obey the court’s ruling on the bill to regulate religious preaching in the state, CAN will seek for alternative means to expose the hostile approach of the government of the day as opposed to the tenets of religious freedom and choice.
“For a start, CAN has called for special prayers in all churches for Sunday 30th June 2019 for divine intervention and for the leadership and people of Kaduna state and the country at large for God to grant leaders the wisdom to tackle the insecurity we are faced as a state and as a nation,” Hayab said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the state House of Assembly on Friday, June 7, passed the Religious Preaching Regulation bill into law.
The new Religious Preaching Regulation law substitutes similar law of 1984 in the state. The executive bill, brought to the Assembly in 2016, was passed hours before the eighth Assembly was dissolved on Friday.
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