Group Cautions Sen. Shehu Sani Over Comment On Kaduna Religious Bill

Shehu-SaniA group under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Kaduna State has called on security agents and relevant authorities to stop the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, from making further inflammatory and inciting statements on the current religious bill before the state House of Assembly.
The concerned citizens made their position known in a statement signed by their chairman, Tijjani Na Abdu on Monday.
According to the statement, Senator Sani’s utterances and recent challenge of Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i’s move to regulate preaching in the state is capable of plunging the state, notorious for its religious volatility, into another round of needless crisis.
“Senator Shehu Sani’s recent inflammatory and inciting statement which says; ‘You don’t have the right to regulate, issue license to preachers’, is capable of throwing the state into another religious crisis bearing in mind the volatile nature of the state. The state has suffered enough crisis in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2011. And with the emergence of Gausiya Islamic group in Zaria coupled with the recent clash between the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria also known as Shiite, the bill becomes absolutely necessary that the state government looked at the existing law with the view of avoiding a repeat of past religious crisis in the state”, the statement read.
Our correspondent recalls that the senator made the remark while receiving an award of excellence by the youth wing of Ansarul-Deen Society of Nigeria during their 40 years anniversary and fundraising programme about two weeks ago.
Sani, who said the proposed religious bill is absolutely wrong, maintained that “Nobody can violate the constitution because freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution”.