Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, said yesterday that the controversial religious bill before the Kaduna State House of Assembly as submitted by Governor Nasir El-Rufai has latent explosive heat that can set Kaduna State on fire if not tamed with proper stakeholders’ engagement.
The group also expressed fears of another attack likely to be unleashed on Christians if the bill is passed into law with the potential of breaking the fragile peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna on the bill, PFN Chairman, Kaduna State chapter, Reverend Femi Ehinmidu, alongside representatives of over one thousand churches within Kaduna metropolis and environs, said the body will do everything legally to ensure that the rights of Christians are not curtailed.
According to the PFN, “we do not see any reason why restricting and regulating religious activities should be the Government of Kaduna State’s priority when the issue prevailing in Kaduna State currently for every family is how to put food on the table, it is unimaginable to see our erudite governor exhuming a military edit which came into existence when the constitution was suspended.
“Now with this bill that he has sent to the House, he is opening up new vistas of hostilities between Christians and Muslims when bias implementation is carried out. Furthermore, the bill is obnoxious and directly offends our faith. The bible commands us in Mark 16 vs15 “to go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature and 1 Thessalonians 5 vs 29 also said “pray without ceasing” this is the life wire of the Christian religion.”
Ehinmidu opined that “taking away the rights to preach and evangelise is telling Christians not to practice their religion as commanded by Jesus Christ.
“There are many laws that legislate on trampling on the rights of other people. Let those laws take full course, the bill should not take Kaduna State backward. We oppose it in its entirety and we shall do everything legally to ensure that our rights as Christians are not curtailed.
“We call on well meaning Nigerians and relevant stakeholders to prevail on the Government of Kaduna State to withdraw that vexing bill before the House of Assembly. The bill has latent explosive heat that can set Kaduna State on fire if not tamed with proper stakeholders’ engagements or better still withdraw it from being processed in the House and use existing laws to address the re-emerging religious challenges.’’
The executive bill on religious activities in Kaduna State seeks to contain hate speeches, license preachers and contain the use of loud speakers among others.

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