Senate moves to regulate practice of ‘Christianity’ in Nigeria as bill passes Second Reading
Senate moves to regulate practice of ‘Christianity‘ in Nigeria as bill passes Second Reading
The Senate has passed Second Reading of a bill that would create the National Center for Christian Education, which would “regulate and set standards” for the practice of Christianity in Nigeria, News Week Nigeria reports.
Sponsor of the bill, Sen. Binos Yaroe of the Adamawa South Senatorial District, claimed that the center would aid in resolving the nation’s “inappropriate practice” of religion, which has in the past led to issues.
On his part, Sen. Istifanus Gyang of the Plateau North Senatorial District, weighed in on the discussion, claiming that radicalism has been fostered by improperly practiced religion.
The federal lawmaker noted that, if followed properly, religion could be a source of strength and national solidarity, which is why the bill to establish the center to create a curriculum for Christian education is very necessary.
Sen. Abba Moro, who represents Benue South in the Red Chamber, who also spoke, said the bill was ‘apt’ given that some youngsters had been duped by radical religious figures.
Sen. Moro emphasised that there was no denying that the misinterpretation of the Bible and the Quran has a contributing factor in some of the country’s problems.
After the discussion, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who presided over plenary, put the bill to a voice vote, and it passed Second Reading.
However, for additional legislative input, Sen. Lawan referred the draft to the Committee on Education.