Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

John Shiklam in Kaduna

Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said many of those criticizing the controversial Bill regulating preaching in the state were speaking out of ignorance as they had not read it before commenting.

He therefore urged them to get a copy and read it before taking a position.

Said El-Rufai: “For us, the reaction was just disproportionate and many of the people that are talking about the Bill have never even read it.

“If you read that Bill, it is very short, it is 16 sections. Read it; tell me what you don’t like. Don’t say you don’t like the entire law because we know we have a problem and I am the governor and I need a solution. So don’t say the solution is not to have the law. Tell me what you don’t like (about the Bill) and we can discuss it. Tell me what is against your religion, we can discuss it.”

Speaking in an interview with journalists at the Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday evening, El-Rufai said the philosophy behind the executive bill, which is awaiting the third reading in the state House of Assembly, was to ensure that citizens of the state live in peace.

“Honestly, we do not have any ulterior motive other than to put a framework that will ensure Kaduna state citizens live in peace with every one practising his religion, but disallowing every Tom, Dick and Harry to come and say he can preach.”