The Northern Nigeria Union of Seventh Day Adventist Church says Kaduna State Government’s move to amend the law on religious preaching in the state is unpopular and should be stopped.
The body, in the release signed by its President, Pastor Francis Daria, on Wednesday, said it had also observed that the proposed law was against the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution as amended, saying it was deeply concerned as the move would have negative implication on the state and Nigeria at large.
“While sharing the state government’s concern on the devastating consequences of violent religious crisis leading to loss of lives and property which may be connected to some religious leaders’ activities, we make bold to say Christianity preaches peace. But having studied the provisions of the Executive Bill for a law to substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law 1984 as transmitted to Kaduna State House of Assembly by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, we believe there will be negative implications.
“These negative implications will affect our membership and our role as a worldwide church with membership in over 200 countries and territories recognized by the United Nations”, the Church said.
Pastor Daria further said while Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, provides for freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the proposed law could hinder the propagation of the gospel of salvation.
“The propagation of the gospel of salvation to the world is the main reason for our existence, as contained in the Holy Bible’s books of Matthew and Revelation which encapsulates our mission statement.
“The Bill seeks to stop the unauthorised playing or circulation of all cassettes, CDs/DVDs, flash drives or any other communication gadgets containing religious recordings.