El-Rufai’s Religious Bill Has More Damaging Effect On The Church, Says Benue CAN

CAN-LOGOThe Benue State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said that the controversial religious bill proposed by Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, is an attempt to tear the nation apart.
The Benue CAN Chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva, in a statement yesterday, condemned the proposed bill, which is aimed at regulating religious activities in Kaduna State.
Leva said “the proposed bill is not in agreement with the constitution of Nigeria, which provides for freedom of religion, freedom of expression as well as freedom of association”.
He argued further that though the religious bill did not favour any religion, “it has more damaging and long term effect on the church”.
The CAN chairman, therefore, urged the El-Rufai-led government of Kaduna State not to substitute the existing preaching law of 1984 as amended in 1987, with the planned bill.
On the incessant deadly clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Benue State, Rev. Leva urged the federal government to set up a judicial commission of enquiry to look into the problems of communities affected by the crises.
According to him, the commission of enquiry would bring a lasting solution to the crisis, which he lamented has defied every proffered solution.


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