Gov El Rufai
Gov El Rufai

Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, has cautioned the Kaduna State government against the passage of the proposed Religious Bill describing it as anti-Christianity and likely to generate unnecessary religious tension in the country.
It warned Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i to refrain from inciting religious crisis by backing down on the religious bill which he forwarded to the Kaduna State House of Assembly which, if passed into law, will proscribe preaching and other legitimate Christian gatherings as they would be required to obtain permit to conduct their religious activities.
Rising from its 63rd General Church Council, GCC, meeting, the council also endorsed the candidature of the ECWA President, Dr Jeremiah Gado, for the presidency of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.
On the anti-Christianity bill, the council said it contains a lot of flaws and raises fears, concerns and contradiction that negate Sections 38 and 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees citizens’ right to worship.
In a communique at the end of the meeting, the church also commended the efforts of the federal government to recover stolen funds, but cautioned that such recovered funds should not be “re-looted.”
The communique, which was signed by ECWA President, Jeremiah Gado, and the general secretary, Prof Samuel Kunhiyop, stated that the council opted to endorse Gado for the CAN Presidency because the ECWA-TEKAN bloc of the association has never occupied the position.
Further, the council said the endorsement was in line with CAN’s rotational principle among the blocs and prayed for the success of the election.
“The Council deliberated on the forthcoming Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN election for the association’s president position. Considering the fact that ECWA/TEKAN bloc of the association has never occupied the presidency.
“In line with CAN’s rotational principle among the blocs, the Council endorsed the ECWA President, Reverend Dr Jeremiah Gado to vie for the position and prayed for his success.
“The Council, however, cautions against the passage of the proposed Religious Bill which ECWA viewed in the larger context as containing a lot of flaws.
“The Bill raises fears, concerns and contradiction that will in turn ultimately negate Sections 38 and 39 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to citizen’s right to worship,” it said, and lauded the federal government’s quest to recover stolen public funds.


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