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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

UNSTOPPABLE!!! El-Rufai won't back down religious bill - political adviser

– Mallam Sani says Governor El-Rufai’s policies are for the development of the people

– The political adviser insists that the controversial religious bill was not meant to foster any religious tension

– He accused mischief makers of being responsible for the criticism

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai’s controversial religious bill has elicited a lot of negative reactions from some Nigeriansespecially Christian clericsbut the governor is not going to back down according to his political adviser, Malam Uba Sani.

Daily Trust reports that Sani said in Kaduna on Monday, March 28, that mischief makers were behind the criticism against El-Rufai’s policies which he claimed were in the interests of the people.

“We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislations currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state. They will also be for the good of the people who overwhelmingly elected the governor into office.

“You may accuse Governor El-Rufai of anything but you‎ don’t even have to know him too well to deduce that the governor is not the type tobe swayed by any form or shade of primordial religious sentiments.”

“The governor has deep knowledge of the state and knows how easy it is for persons who do not mean well for the state, to orchestrate negative religious issues given the seemingly sharp religious divide in the state.”

Sani said the contention over the religious bill was unnecessary as the law had existed since 1984.

“My understanding is that previous administrations in Kaduna State that had either enacted or retained this law were responding to outbreaks of religious violence in the state over time.

“So, like we have severally explained, in further amending this law, the government is only seeking to discourage the use of religion for violence and division. Kindly note however, that this law does not in anyway abridge, threaten or violate the freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of our great country.”

Meanwhile, representatives from over one thousand churches within Kaduna metropolis and environsvowed to do everything legal to ensure that the rights of Christians were not curtailed in Kaduna state.

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