By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The President, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, has said the executive Bill passed by the Kaduna House Of Assembly prohibiting public preaching, is invitation to anarchy and suppression of citizens from freedom of worship.
“This clearly portends danger and dose not augur well for religious freedom, peace and harmony; and must be rejected by all well meaning Nigerians, the idea is censorship on the religious,” he said.
Rev. Baba stated this Wednesday in Jos, Plateau state, at the ECWA headquarters, during a press conference.
According to the Christian cleric, the said Bill prohibits use of loud speakers for religious purposes between hours of 11:00pm and 4:00am all parts of the state, as well as the restriction of playing religious recordings to only private places and designated places of worship.
Rev. Baba said, the Bill is a ground design by the government and governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rfai, to orchestrate Christian the right to practice their faith.
The clergy also said the said Bill was anti people, and could disrupt the fragile peace been enjoyed in Kaduna state, and fuel another round of civil unrest in the state.
Rev. Baba advised leaders at all level to led citizens justly, stressing that cruel treatment of citizens was invition to the wrath of God on ones self.
“It is necessary to remind leaders that one day they will stand before the Almighty God to give account of their stewardship. ” the clergy warn.
He revealed that the said Bill was hurriedly passed in spite of a court order stopping action on the Bill.
“This is more so, when the bill was passed against a subsisting court order issued in 2017 retraining the Kaduna state, 8th assembly, it was noted that the out gone assembly passed the bill hours before their exit as legislators,” he said.
He commanded maturity so far exhibited by religious leaders in Kaduna state, not to have resort to self help, and are seeking legal redress on the matter.