Catching our attention— In the name of peace and safety, the Kaduna State government seeks to set up controversial laws for religious leaders. Many are calling the bill unconstitutional and will prevent freedom of religion.
“An executive bill by Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, aimed at checking the activities of preachers in the state is generating controversy among Muslims, Christians and legal practitioners.”
“The controversial aspects of the bill, which both Christians and Muslims are kicking against, include the setting up of a kind of regulatory bodies for the two religious groups. The bill proposes the establishment of two committees, one from the Jama’atu Nasir Islam for the Muslims, and the other from CAN for the Christians. It also proposes the establishment of an Inter-faith ministerial committee, which shall exercise supervisory control over the JNI and CAN committees.
The two committees are to issue licenses approved by the ministerial committee to preachers, which shall be renewable every year, while a visiting preacher not based in Kaduna shall be issued a permit for the period of the event that brought him to the state.”
“The bill restricts the playing of all cassettes, CDs, flash drives or any other communication gadgets containing religious recordings from accredited preachers to one’s house, inside entrance, inside the church, inside the mosque, and any other designated place of worship. The 1984 law only restricted the playing of such gadgets to one’s house and porch.
The religious bill further prohibits the playing of cassettes containing religious recordings that use abusive language against any person, religious organisation or religious leaders.”
“Anyone found guilty under the bill shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine of N200,000 or both; and may, in addition, have his license revoked if he is a licensed preacher.”