Gov El Rufai
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Bishop Ali Buba Lamido of the Anglican Communion, Wusasa Diocese, Kaduna State, has called on the state government to withdraw the religious bill sent to the House of Assembly, as well as repeal the 1984 edict.
He made the call at the church’s seventh synod held at General T Y Danjuma Hall, St. Barth’s School Wusasa, Zaria.
Bishop Lamido said there is no need creating a rancorous atmosphere capable of inciting members of the public and creating religious acrimony and hostility that the bill purports to cure.
“The constitution cannot allow any state to dabble into religious affairs of citizens to the extent of establishing the so called inter-faith ministerial committee to regulate the practice of religion. We are duty bound to uphold the secular character of the Nigerian state, the various offences in Section 12 of the bill are ultra vires,” he observed.
Lamido said the religious bill aimed at checking the activities of preachers in the state was a replication of the 1984 law enacted by the military, with some slight modification.
In order to move the country forward, the bishop advised government to be true to its programmes and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to avoid sycophants.
“As the country is gradually moving to the edge of a precipice, the point at which Nigeria crosses the thin red line is so close and the forces pushing us to destruction are more than those pulling us away from it, so we need to raise altars for our country.
“We must press on, we will not give up, our God is on the throne and has promised to be with us through thick and thin, our nation can be a better place if we look up to God, if we depend on him.”
On pipeline vandalisation in the Niger Delta, Bishop Lamido observed that Nigeria’s problems are unending because while government is trying to resolve a crisis in one region, another one crops up.
This sends bad signals to investors coming into Nigeria.
“Government should fight those vandals who are sabotaging the development of our country and they should be treated as common criminals. When we look at our economy teetering on the brink of collapse, there are reasons for all of us to be concerned,” he explained.

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  • Bako

    They have not seen religious wars yet and for a while the Christians in the country are holding on stage one of their believe – do not fight back. So they think this is all Christianity is about. (Note that if it were so there will be no Christian soldiers in government). But when it shall be war, then that aspect shall be dropped and those who thought they were secure will know.