Preaching bill: We’re determined to curb extremism – El-Rufai

Preaching bill: We’re determined to curb   extremism – El-Rufai
April 19 20:44 2016

[K]aduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has explained that the controversial bill he sent to State
House of Assembly is not meant to ban evangelism in
the state but only to curb emerging religious
extremism.
The governor said the intention of the state government is to ensure that the state sustains its current peace and tranquillity.

The governor said this on Tuesday at a roundtable meeting organised by an NGO,
Carefronting Nigeria, in Kaduna.

He insisted that the security of
lives and property formed the basis of government
intention.
He stated that the government appreciates the
reservations and contributions of religious leaders and
other critical stakeholders who have made their genuine
positions known on the issue, regretting that some
people have started politicizing the good intention of
government to restore peace in Kaduna State.
Aruwan stated that if the bill is passed into law, the
Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN, and Jama’atu
 Nasir Islam, JNI, would have a framework where some
strange ideological beliefs that were not in tandem with
both faith will be checked, stressing that the bill is not a
law and everybody should make contribution.
He recalled that just before the present government
came on board, there were killings in Southern Kaduna
and Birnin Gwari axis of the state but now everything
was under firm control.

“Government wants to curb extremism
associated with religious beliefs and not to stop
evangelism in the state or stop people from practicing
their faith.
“Kaduna State Government mean well for the people and
wants to secure the lives and property of the residents
of the state. There are emerging threats and we need to
take drastic action now. We should all support this bill.”
Also speaking, Carefronting Nigeria Coordinator Peter
Maji, said they were moved to call stakeholders for
discussion because of the issues the bill has
generated.

Maji said the roundtable forum tagged Kaduna State
Religious Preaching Regulations Bill: Intention and
Perception was aimed at getting the views of the critical
stakeholders and finding the way forward for peace and
development of the state.
The Director-General of Interfaith Mediation,
Namadi Musa, noted that they have gone round the
three senatorial zones in the state to sensitize the
people, advising the State House of Assembly to make
use of the public hearing in allowing the people make
inputs.