CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter has challenged the legality of the Religious Bill recently passed by the former Kaduna State House of Assembly, in court.
The CAN state Chairman, Rev John Joseph Hayab, who spoke to newsmen in Kaduna, said, “we are going to court over the illegal action of the former lawmakers in the state who hurriedly signed the Religious Bill into law before they left.”
He added that Christians in the state would not accept the religious bill passed by the state House of Assembly, even if Governor Nasir El-Rufai assents on it.
According to the Christian body, the bill, which the former lawmakers endorsed before the House of Assembly was dissolved, is a breach of the fundamental rights of all Christians in the state which the constitution guaranteed, and it’s being studied for immediate legal action in the court of law.
“I, as the chairman of CAN in the state or any official, was not invited for any preliminary hearing by the state House of Assembly on the bill that it hurriedly passed before it was resolved. And even the Interfaith Council which they claimed would regulate the activities of Churches and Mosques in the state, most of the members don’t understand what Christianity is, let alone regulating our religion.
“They cannot regulate both private and public evangelism of Christians. What is the essence of Christianity if we cannot evangelise both privately and publicly? The law cannot work. We will not accept it,” he said.
“And for the sake of religious harmony, the government of Kaduna should avoid anything that will bring disharmony in the state. We have had enough controversies and issues of insecurity. Government should not overheat the polity again.”