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Preaching Bill: Chris Okotie has advised Nasir el-Rufai to backpedal


The General Overseer of the Household of God Church, Pastor Chris Okotie has advised Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to backpedal on his bid to introduce a law that would require preachers to obtain a license before preaching in the state, stressing that the proposed law would adversely affect the image of his All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Chairman of the Fresh Democratic Party, in a statement issued at the weekend by his media aide, Ladi Ayodeji, acknowledged that the new law was intended to check the activities of religious extremists in the state, but warned that it could cause an outrage.

According to him, “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.

Pastor Chris Okotie has advised Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to backpedal on his bid to introduce a law that would require preachers to obtain a license before preaching in the state, stressing that the proposed law would adversely affect the image of his All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Chairman of the Fresh Democratic Party, in a statement issued at the weekend by his media aide, Ladi Ayodeji, acknowledged that the new law was intended to check the activities of religious extremists in the state, but warned that it could cause an outrage.
According to him, “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, while warning that any action that could upset the growing amity between various religious groups in the country must be avoided.

“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.

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