Kaduna State Deputy Governor Meets With CAN Leaders Over Controversial Preaching Bill


Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bala,
today met with the leaders of Kaduna State CAN,
led by the chairman George Dodo, Catholic Bishop
of Zaria to discuss the controversial Religious
Regulation Bill which the state governor Nasir El
Rufai has sent to the state House of Assembly for debate and passage.

According to the Deputy Governor, the Religious
Preaching Law is proposed to curb extremism &
protect safe practice of faith. He said this is the first
time the preaching bill is being subjected to
democratic scrutiny since it was enacted in 1984.

The 1984 and 1987 versions of the edict were
enacted following outbreaks of religious violence
which Kaduna wishes to confine to the past.
“There is nothing in the Bill that suggests any
effort to abolish, stop or derogate on the freedom
of religion and religious beliefs. It merely seeks to ensure that religious preaching and activities in
the State are conducted in ways that do not
threaten public order, public safety, and to protect
the rights and freedom of other persons.”he said

Leader of the CAN group, Bishop Dodo said CAN
welcomeD the consultations, and would be
making a comprehensive submission to the House
of Assembly and the Executive. The Deputy
Governor said the consultations continue & that
the legislative process of public hearings also offer a platform for all views.

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