In spite of the criticism and public outcry that trailed Nasiru El-Rufai’s controversial religious bill, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on Political Affairs, Malam Uba Sani has maintained that the governor will not backtrack on his programmes for the state.
Speaking to pressmen in Kaduna on Monday, Sani blamed mischief makers of being responsible for some of the criticisms against the El-Rufai’s policies.
He said, “We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislations currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state. They will also be for the good of the people who overwhelmingly elected the governor into office.
“You may accuse Governor El-Rufai of anything but you don’t even have to know him too well to deduce that the governor is not the type to be swayed by any form or shade of primordial religious sentiments.”
“The governor has deep knowledge of the state and knows how easy it is for persons who do not mean well for the state, to orchestrate negative religious issues given the seemingly sharp religious divide in the state.”
“The bill in question is not even a new law, as some persons are making it appear. This law has existed since 1984, with amendments in 1987 and 1996.”
He added: “Recall that at some point, Kaduna State became notorious for religious riots and there was the compelling need to resort to all legal means possible to tackle this matter that never does anyone any good.
“Hence the amendment of this law, that is aimed at stemming religious extremism. So, like we have severally explained, in further amending this law, the government is only seeking to discourage the use of religion for violence and division.”
Kindly note however, that this law does not in any way abridge, threaten or violate the freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of our great country.”