Well known Kaduna State High Court, chaired by Justice Hajaratu Gwadah on Wednesday, indicated that the state government of Kaduna has no right to screen and issue authorizations to state religious preachers. However, El Rufai, Kaduna Governor The State High Court claimed that the government has the right to regulate the state’s religious activities. The decision was delivered in suit by the Nigerian Pentecostal Fellowship (PFN), challenging the constitutionality of the bill on religious preaching regulation in the state.
The bill implemented by Governor Nasir El Rufai in the early portion of his first term attracted controversy with both Muslims and Christians opposition to it. Despite being challenged by the PFN, the State House of Assembly went ahead and adopted the proposal a few hours after the expiry date of its mandate.
The PFN asserted that succumbing religious leaders to screening by government entities was such an invasion of basic human rights and requested the judge to declare that setting up a preacher inspection and accreditation committee, as provided for in the proposal, is a breach of their freedoms.
In her assessment, the court observed that the proposal is not intended to eliminate clients ‘ liberties as basic human rights, but noted that segments 6 and 9 of the law attempting to inspect and order religious leaders are in breach of the claimant’s constitutional rights.
Sunny Akanni, a counsel to the PFN, conveyed pleasure with the assessment indicating that “Not just to excommunicated religious leaders preach in Christianity. It is instructed to every Christian to go into the globe and spread the gospel.
Segment 38, (1) of both the Bill of rights of Nigeria requires all to spread their religion in educating, adherence and intervention. So you’ve breached their right when you say church leaders should be required by law now. That is why the court of justice consented with us that PFN’s legal right is contrary to segment 6 of the bill, “he said.
Sanusi Usman, moreover, vocalized discontent with the assessment by legal representation to the state governor who is one of the people involved in the scenario. Usman, who is the Director of Diplomatic Lawsuits at the State Interior ministry, said he was going to cater the move.