Christian leaders dare Northern govs on preaching licence •We will resist the move —CAN

El-rufaiFollowing the agreement by 19 Northern governors to commence the issuance of licences to all religious organisations and preachers in all states of the region, as a way of addressing the proliferation of sects and preachers, clerics across the country have reacted to the move.

The governors, who agreed to “establish a regulatory mechanism to consistently monitor activities of newly registered and unregistered religious organisations, ascertain the sources of their funds, both locally and internationally,” among other issues, issued a seven-page communiqué.

The Coordinating Chaplain of the National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja, and Bishop of the African Church, Right Reverend (Dr) Peter Ogunmuyiwa, speaking with Sunday Tribune, stated that “my reaction is not different from the position of CAN and we have made our position known to the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai earlier, stating our opposition to such decision.

“The current develop-ment brings to light the insinuations by Christians that the Northern governors have a hidden agenda of Islamising Nigeria. When el-Rufai started this move, some people said it was a Kaduna issue but some of us thought it would spread to other Northern states and that is exactly what has happened.

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