Extremism: Kaduna Assembly tightens noose on Pastors, Imams with license

Extremism: Kaduna Assembly tightens noose on Pastors, Imams with license

In a bid to curb violent extremism and acts religious bigots, the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Friday, repealed the Religious Preaching Regulation law, 1984 and passed the bill regulating religious preaching in the State. The passage of the bill came three years after initial hiccups and rejection from different religious bodies and individuals.


In a bid to curb violent extremism and acts religious bigots, the Kaduna State House of Assembly on Friday, repealed the Religious Preaching Regulation law, 1984 and passed the bill regulating religious preaching in the State.

KADUNA STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

The passage of the bill came three years after initial hiccups and rejection from different religious bodies and individuals.

The bill which is aimed at promoting religious harmony and peaceful co-existence amongst the residents of the State, was brought to the House since 2016.

Presiding over the plenary, the Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Shagali while reading the bill close by close said a state inter-faith Regulatory Council has been established with a chairman to be appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Secretary to the State.

Besides, two members representing the Christian and Muslim faith, respectively, to be appointed by the Governor, among others.

The Speaker, said the bill further has it that the above mentioned council shall hear and determine appeals brought before it arising from the decision of the local government inter-faith Committee and also has power to issue regulations considered necessary to guide the state inter-faith council and local government inter-faith committee in the performance of their functions under the bill if signed into law.

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He further mentioned that the bill when signed into law, stipulates that in each of the 23 local Government areas of the state, a committee to be known as the Local Government Inter-faith Committee has to be established

According to him, the Local Government Inter-faith Committee shall consider and recommend to state Inter-faith Regulation Council all applications for the grant of licence to religious preachers as well as screen and recommend preachers for the grant of license among other functions.

The supplementary provision explained that all cassettes, compact disks (CDs), flash drives or any other communication gadgets containing religious recordings from accredited preachers may be played inside a private dwelling unit or vehicle, entrance porch (zaure), Church, Mosque and any other designated place of worship.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, is expected to sign the bill into law.

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