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El-Rufai’s Religious Bill An Attempt To Clip The Mouth Of Religious Leaders Against People In Power – Sani



Nasir El-Rufai-Shehu Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central Zone at the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has cautioned Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to immediately withdraw the Religious Bill before the House Assembly, saying that any attempt to pass it into law could set the state on fire.

According to the Civil Rights activist, neither the governor nor the legislators have the right to enact laws that would abrogate the rights of Nigerians resident in the state to freedom of religion and worship, as entrenched in the Nigerian constitution.

“The Bill, in the first place, attempts to impose state religion on the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria living in Kaduna by tagging Christianity and Islam as the major religions recognised by the state,” he told The Guardian in Kaduna, yesterday.

“The Bill imposes membership of Jamatu Nasir Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as simply the associations and non-governmental organisations recognised by the state government,” pointing out that “the very fact that those organisations are given a role to play, in terms of screening and pruning religious leaders, is very wrong.”

Sani argued that the Bill “violates the fundamental rights or the constitutional rights of Nigerians to preach, to speak and to assemble.”

He lamented that if the Bill is passed into law, “the governor of a state will now arrogate to himself the right to issue licence and permit, which is alien to the fundamental rights of Nigerians and the constitution of Nigeria.”

“The State Assembly and El-Rufai have no right to issue licences and permits to religious leaders to preach, because what that portends is simply to issue permit to pro-establishment and pro-government preachers, who will only sing praises of the political establishment.”

“There are relevant laws in Nigeria today to take care of defamation, provocation, incitement and libel.

“And this Bill only seeks to stifle freedom of speech, religion and grant despotic regulatory power to the governor to clamp down on religious preachers and teachers.

“I think he (the governor) is very ignorant of the causes of religious riots in Kaduna, because he has been out of Kaduna for a long time. He was not here when all the religious crises happened in Kaduna. That is why he is thinking of such a law.”

“Any Bill that justifies religious law, regulates the activities of religion also justifies social media law, because such kind of regulation only gives room for clamp down against people that hold views unfavourable to the government or people in power.

“It is simply an attempt to clip the mouth of religious leaders against the people in power. If such laws were made before he came into office, he would have been one of those who would have opposed such laws vehemently.

“If such laws were created by late Ibrahim Yakowa while in office, El-Rufai would have been one of those to have criticised Yakowa.

“So, as far as I am concerned, there are laws to take care of people who use religious platforms to incite others without necessarily creating a law that violate rights to freedom of religion.

“Any attempt to clamp down or regulates preaching as it is, is also likened to regulating free speech,” Sani said.

The senator reiterated that the Bill, if passed, would lead to crisis in Kaduna State, because it cannot stop people from preaching, warning that any attempt to arrest anyone preaching the word of God, be the person Christian or Muslim, would be futile and may generate crisis.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff



 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

Ondo on map

Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.


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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities



The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying



BREAKING: Court Jails Rep Member For Lying


A member of the House of Representatives, Victor Mela has been sentenced to one-month imprisonment by a Magistrate Court in Wuse, Zone 6.

The lawmaker who represents Billiri/Balanga federal constituency was, however, given an option of fine.

Also Read: North Is The Worst Place To Live In Nigeria -Sultan of Sokoto

Recall that on November 10 that a magistrate court found the lawmaker guilty of lying under oath while filling the CD001 INEC form prior to the 2019 elections.

The magistrate had, however, set a different date for sentencing of the lawmaker after his lawyer pleaded for leniency.

Mr Mela swore to an affidavit thrice, denying citizenship of another country whereas he has a British passport.


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