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The Student Christian Movement blasts El-Rufai

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The proposed religious preaching bill by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has been described by the Student Christian Movement (SCM) of Nigeria as brash, stating that it would not stand as many groups would challenge its constitutionality in court.

According to The Punch, the movement noted that the Nigerian constitution guaranteed religious freedom, noting that the governor cannot resolve the security and religious challenges in his state through fiat.

Rev. Eric Ighalo, the SCM National President, said this in response to questions from journalists during a news conference on the 75th anniversary celebration of the association on Tuesday, April 5, in Abuja.

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He said: “The religious preaching bill by the Kaduna State governor is brash, it will not stand; many cases will be filed against it in court to challenge it. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion and the governor cannot take it away with this bill.”

Rev. Solomon Adegbolagun, the chairman, national organising committee for the SCM celebration anniversary, urged the governor to call for a stakeholders’ meeting where contentious religious issues could be discussed and resolved.

“Let’s be honest, the governor has a problem with all manner of things happening in the state, but it can’t be resolved with fiat. What he needs to do is to call a stakeholders meeting where they would say this is how to solve the problem,” he said.

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