The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Kaduna State Chapter has dared the State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, to come and jail 5,000 pastors if the Religious Bill currently before the state House of Assembly is passed into law.
This is just as the Pentecostal group stated that it would rather obey God than to comply with the proposed anti-preaching bill.
Speaking on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ roundtable conference in Kaduna, the state PFN chairman, Prof. Femi Ehinmidu, criticised the bill being sponsored by the state government.
Ehinmidu argued that the bill would ultimately lead to crisis in the state if the government and the state assembly go ahead to pass it into law.
The forum was tagged Kaduna State Religious Preaching Regulation Bill: Intention and Perception.
The PFN state Chairman also said that the state government should be ready to jail the over 5,000 pastors in the state’s PFN if the government believed it could muzzle the citizens to pass the bill into law.
In a related development, El-Rufai, has, however, cautioned religious leaders against politicising the bill before the Assembly.
El-Rufai told the stakeholders that the preaching bill he sent to the state Assembly had no intention of banning evangelism in the state but aimed at curbing emerging religious extremism.
He explained that the bill, when passed into law, would allow the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Jama’atu Nasir Islam to check strange ideological beliefs that were not in tandem with Christianity and Islam.