– El-Rufai has continued to come under heavy attack from Christians across Nigeria– Okotie advised El-Rufai to change his plan to introduce a law that would require preachers to obtain a licence before preaching in the state– Okotie warned that the bill, if passed could cause an outrage
Nasir El-Rufai has continued to receive knocks for his anti- preaching proposed bill Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has continued to receive knocks for his proposed bill which will see preachers obtain a license before preaching in the state. Popular Lagos pastor and the chairman, Fresh Democratic Party, Pastor Chris Okotie, has joined those who have spoken against the now controversial bill.
lOkotie advised El-Rufai to change his plan to introduce a law that would require preachers to obtain a licence before preaching in the state. In a statement issued by his media aide, Ladi Ayodeji and published in Punch, the preacher said the proposed law would adversely affect the image of the All Progressives Congress.“The governor should also consider that religion is on the exclusive list, and the parameters for effectively executing such a widely berthed licensing action are beyond the purview of government understanding of the numerous religions. The criteria for licensing would be impossible for the government to decide.” Okotie said he was aware that the new law was intended to check the activities of religious extremists in the state, but warned that it could cause an outrage.
“Instead, we should all unite with the governments in its battle to contain cult violence, street crimes, kidnapping, child abuse and youth restiveness across the country.“It is not good for the governor to enact a law that could inflame religious passions at a time when his party, the APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, appears to be defeating the Boko Haram insurgent, with the hope of their final defeat clearly on the horizon,” the statement added.Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, commented on the controversial religious bill, warned that any attempt to pass it into law could set the state on fire .Following various reports that there was exchange of hot slaps between the now embattled Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Barnabas Bala, the governor has come out to clarify the issues.El-Rufai had earlier clashed with the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and was once described as President Buhari’s real vice-president.