The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) yesterday said that the executive bill before Kaduna State House of Assembly as submitted by Governor Nasir el-Rufai has potential to set Kaduna State on fire if not withdrawn.
The Christian group also expressed the fears of another attack likely to be unleashed on Christians if the bill is passed into law with the potentials of also breaking the fragile peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna on the bill, chairman of the PFN, Kaduna State chapter, Reverend Professor Femi Ehinmidu alongside representatives from over 1000 churches within Kaduna metropolis and environs, said, the body will do everything legal to ensure that the rights of Christians are not curtailed.
According to the PFN, “ We do not see any reason why restricting and regulating religious activities should be the government of Kaduna State’s priority when the issue prevailing in Kaduna State currently for every family is how to put food on the table. It is unimaginable to see our erudite governor exhuming a military era edit which came into being when the constitution was suspended, smacks of mischief.
“Now with this bill that he has sent to the house, he is opening up new vistas of hostilities between Christians and Muslims when bias implementation is carried out if the bill is passed into law.
“Further more, the bill is obnoxious and directly offends our faith. The Bible commands us in Mark 16 vs15, it said, ‘go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’ and 1 Thesselonians 5 vs 29 also said ‘pray without ceasing’ this is the life wire of the Christian religion.”
Reverend Ehinmidu opined therefore that “taking away the rights to preach and evangelise is telling the Christians not to practise their religion as commanded by the Lord Jesus.
“There are many laws that legislate on trampling on the rights of other people. Let those laws take full course, the bill should not take Kaduna State backward. We oppose the bill in its entirety and we shall do everything legal to ensure that our rights as Christians are not curtailed. “We call on well meaning Nigerians and relevant stakeholders to prevail on the government of Kaduna State to withdraw that vexing bill before Kaduna State House of Assembly. The bill has latent explosive heat that can set Kaduna State on fire if not tamed.