PFN celebrates revocation of law to licence preachers

PFN celebrates revocation of law to licence preachers

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) says it heaved a sigh of relief, following the judgement of Kaduna State High court, which declared that State government “has no right to screen and issue licenses to religious preachers” in the State. The National President of PFN, Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, hailed the wisdom box the court


The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) says it heaved a sigh of relief, following the judgement of Kaduna State High court, which declared that State government “has no right to screen and issue licenses to religious preachers” in the State.

The National President of PFN, Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, hailed the wisdom box the court in a statement in which he signed and made available newsmen at the Weekend to journalists in Benin City.

PRESIDENT OF PENTECOSTAL FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA, REVEREND DR. FELIX OMOBUDE

Justice Hajaratu Gwadah had last Wednesday held that Sections 6 and 9 of the bill which seeks to screen and licence preachers “violates the constitutional rights of the applicant”.

The judgement was delivered in suit filed by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, challenging the constitutionality of a  bill by the Kaduna State Government seeking the regulation of religious activities in the State.

Omobude, stated that the Fellowship “is pleased with the judgment of the court and aligns with their position, affirming that Sections 6 and 9 of the bill which seeks to screen and license preachers, violates the constitutional rights of members of the Fellowship.

“Our contention at the time Governor Nasir el-Rufai sent the executive Bill for a Law to substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law 1984 to the House of Assembly of Kaduna State was that the provisions of the bill is discriminatory and a violation of the fundamental rights of freedom of religion and association as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

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Congratulating members of the PFN in in Nigeria particularly the Kaduna State Chapter, the Cleric, urged believers in Christ to continue to live peacefully with everyone, remain law-abiding in all their activities.

He assured that the group “will continue to work with the government and non-governmental actors at all levels to ensure the peace, progress and prosperity of Nigeria”.

Omobude, emphasized that PFN was “in alignment with our position, affirming that Sections 6 and 9 of the bill which seeks to screen and license preachers, violates the constitutional rights of members of the Fellowship.

Our Correspondent recall that the bill which was introduced by governor Nasir El Rufai in the early part of his first tenure, attracted controversy with both Muslims and Christians opposed to it.

Despite being challenged by the PFN, the state House of Assembly went ahead and passed the bill, few hours to the expiration of its tenure.

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria in 2016, challenged the constitutionality of the bill.

The PFN, among other prayers, asked the court for a declaration that the court to stop the bill.

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