Kaduna explains sponsorship of religious bill

The Kaduna State government yesterday said it sponsored the bill on religious preaching to protect the state from religious extremism and hate speech.

Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala told a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that visited him over the issue that the bill was not aimed at clamping down on any religion but to ensure that religious violence no longer threatens the state.

“There is nothing in the bill that suggests any effort to abolish, stop or derogate on the freedom of religion and religious beliefs. It merely seeks to ensure that religious preaching and activities in the state are conducted in ways that do not threaten public order, public safety, and to protect the rights and freedom of other persons,” he said.

Bala said while the constitution recognizes the freedom of religion and thought as fundamental rights, it also obliges the government to ensure the safe exercise of these rights by legislating in the interest of public safety and order.
Kaduna State CAN chairman, Bishop George Dodo, expressed appreciation for the meeting and assured the government that CAN was preparing its position for submission to the House of Assembly and the state executive.
He told newsmen after the meeting that some of the grey areas were being sorted.

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