The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 northern states and Abuja has reacted with a rejection to the proposed bill that seeks to create Christian courts in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives had on Tuesday passed for second reading a bill for the establishment of the Ecclesiastical Court of Appeal in Nigeria.
The bill seeks to amend the 1999 constitution, to provide for the establishment of the Christian Courts of Appeal in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and of the 36 states.
However, in reaction, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Rev. John Hayab, expressed concerns that at this point in time, the so-called Christian Courts Bill was unnecessary as it would only trigger crisis in the country.
“This Christian Courts Bill cannot help us because we care that is why we are voicing it out.
“This thing is not really what Nigerians want now,” he said.
According to him, “CAN was of the belief that the House should deliberate more on what would bear good fruit for Nigerians and “not what will divide us.”
Hayab reminded the lawmakers to also note that the traditional religion worshippers were entitled to rights of worship as enshrined in the constitution, adding that “what if they wake up tomorrow and demand that there must be court for the ‘pagans?’”