The religious censorship bill seeks to ban the use of loudspeaker for religious purposes, other than inside a Mosques or Church and the surrounding areas outside the stipulated prayer times (8:00pm).
The Kaduna state religious censorship bill is causing a lot of controversy. The President of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Apostle Johnson Suleiman has placed a curse on Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, because of the bill. You will recall that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) also rejected the bill. Suleiman said “I am saying this to the Executive Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, revoke this law or die!” He also said “They will appoint their own who will make it hard for the church but easy for the mosque. When it comes to the mosque, they give them a very good area but when it comes to the church, they gives bad areas. We are not trouble makers. Don’t trouble us.
“I want to warn the Governor of Kaduna state. I have read on papers many times how he abused Jesus. I have read many things and Christians came after him, he said they are joking, nothing can happen.” Adding that “We have become men of God before you became Governor. “I am talking to the Kaduna Governor. Listen, I am not against sanitizing the state but if you say people should get license for preaching, it is not applicable in Nigeria. “Even a herbalist does not get license for practicing herbalism. Why not tell witches that they need licence to fly?” The man of God also said “When you say license for preaching, you are standing against the Constitution that says freedom of worship. I have no problem, we can test powers now. There are certain laws that cannot happen in this country, not when Nigeria is under God.”
Daily Post explains that the bill seeks to ban the use of loudspeaker for religious purposes, other than inside a Mosques or Church and the surrounding areas outside the stipulated prayer times (8:00pm). Also, persons found preaching without a valid license are liable to go to jail for two years or be fined the sum of N200,000 or both.
Senator Shehu Sani also called on the people of Kaduna state to reject the bill introduced by Gov Nasir Ahmad Elrufai, saying such can only build dictatorship.
Religious groups will also be banned from distributing religious materials publicly.
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