The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, was on Sunday called upon by the Human Right Writers’ Association of Nigeria, to withdraw the bill prohibiting religious preaching in public places in the state.
The group, through its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, also posited that the bill violated constitutional provisions for freedom of worship.
The coordinator further argued that the bill, if passed into law “is capable of breeding religious crisis in the state.
“We recognise the validity and sanctity of section 10 of the constitution which clearly spelt out that government of the federation or state shall not adopt any religion as a state religion.”
While describing Kaduna State as a sensitive state which should not be allowed to be troubled with the issue of religion, Onwubiko advised stakeholders not to mix religion with politics.
It would be recalled that the Kaduna governor recently introduced a bill to substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law, 1984.