Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani, has described the proposed religious bill by Governor Nasir El-Rufai to regulate public preaching in the state as a draconian decree.
Senator Sani, who stated this shortly after receiving award of excellence by the Youth wing of Ansarul-deen Association of Nigeria during their 40 years anniversary, pointed out that El-Rufai had no right to regulate or issue license to religious preachers in the state.
According to Sani, the bill which is before the state House of Assembly, has no place in a democratic system of government.
“The proposed religious bill in Kaduna State is absolutely wrong and we will not accept anybody to licence any preacher because people have the right to practice their religion as enshrined in the constitution.
“Nobody can violate the constitution because freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution. We are also calling on the state governor not to over tax the people because they have suffered a lot under the 16 years of PDP,” he said.
Senator Sani further said that it was painful to receive a merit award from the group when majority of Nigerians were suffering.
“It’s painful to receive this merit award when majority of Nigerians are still expecting good governance. Nigerians are facing lots of challenges and we the elected leaders cannot continue to give them excuses.
“They did not elect us to lament, they didn’t elect us to give them excuses. We were elected to give them good governance. I’m not the kind of person that will see black and say it’s white. Whether we are in the same party or not, I will not see wrong and say it’s right.
“I did that during the military era and I will continue to tell the truth even now. Nigerians spent hours under the sun to vote for us and so we must not fail them. We must do what the people want and not what we want as leaders because they voted for us,” he said.