Edo-based pastor, Apostle Johnson Suleiman of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) fired a warning at Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai for a bill forwarded to the state House of Assembly.
The bill states that religious leaders in the state will have to obtain a one year license to preach in the state, and specifies worshipping hours among other things.
According to Suleiman, El Rufai has no right to regulate the activities of religious leaders when he has not regulated the activities of traditionalist in the state. He said before he, El Rufai, became governor, they were men of God and that they will still remain men of God when he leaves office.
“I want to warn the governor of Kaduna state. Many times I have read in the papers how he abused Jesus and Christians came after him. He said that they are joking that nothing can happen.
I am talking to you, Kaduna Governor. Listen, I am not against sanitizing a state but you say people should get licence for preaching; it is not applicable in Nigeria. Even a herbalist does not get a license for practicing herbalism. When you say license for preaching, then you are standing against the constitution that says freedom of worship. I have no problem, we can test powers now.
There are certain laws that cannot happen in this country. Not when Nigeria is under God. If need be, over this matter, heaven will intervene. I am saying this specifically to the executive governor of Kaduna, revoke this law or die!” he said.
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) March 14, 2016
The highpoints of the bill include,
- A ministerial committee shall issue licenses to religious bodies.
- Without such licenses, you cannot preach.
- No external preacher can preach in Kaduna without a permit.
- The committee has the power to refuse to issue licenses No criteria are given as to what will qualify one to have a license issued to him or for one to be denied a license.