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Kaduna state governor says that 
preaching bill was not a new one

– El-Rufai also speaks about his relationship
with Osinbajo

Nasir El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has
disclosed that many other state governments
have asked him for a copy of the preaching bill
to replicate in their states.

The governor was speaking with some
reporters at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim government
house in Kaduna. He said the proposed bill was
sent to the state House of Assembly since
October 15, 2015 and was not a new one as
being said.

“It was first enacted in 1984 during the term of
Air Vice Marshal Usman Mua’zu (retd) after the
Maitsine uprising in 1982. The then military
junta saw the need to regulate preaching in
some states in the North,” El-Rufai clarified.

“Many states are ready to do similar thing now.
They have asked for the copy of our bill. I will
not name the states.”

In the same vein he debunk rumours that he
walked out on the Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, when he tried to reach an
understanding with him on a particular issue,
underlining that the claim was the handwork of
his political enemies.

Governor El-Rufai restated that the authors of
such claims were wicked.

He added: “I have never attended a meeting
where the president and the vice president
were all in the same room.

“I think the only time where the president and
the vice president were around and I was in
attendance was when the National Economic
Council, NEC, was inaugurated by Mr President.
He (president) came and delivered his address
and left.”

The law seeks to establish a joint multi-religious
committee with representations equally drawn
from the Jama’atul Nasir Islam and the Christian
Association of Nigeria in the state to implement
the regulation of all religious preaching in the
state.

The local state government said that the
controversial bill on preaching is aimed at curbing religious extremism.

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