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El-Rufai Proposes Religious War- HURIWA

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURI¬WA) has added its voice to yells against a newly introduced policy in Kaduna State that suggested licensing religious preachers, accusing Governor Nasir El-Rufai of being a major threat to peace and the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
HURIWA, which described the religious licensing policy as illegal, called on the governor “to fundamentally amend his leadership style to avoid precipitating civil unrest in Kaduna State.
The pro-democracy Non-Governmental Organisation also likened El-Rufai’s move to social-cum-religious warfare that would spread like wild fire across Nigeria.
The NGO expressed its worry over the proposed policy through a media statement consented by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf.
According to HURIWA, “these which include the alleged discriminatory demolition of the ancestral settlements of the Gbagis/Gwaris and houses of the very poorest of the poor”.
The body, criticising the governor over his anti-labour policy, emphasised that it is against the Constitutional provisions that guarantees freedom of Associations also particularly stated that the newly introduced policy of granting licenses to religious preachers is absolutely unconstitutional and illegal since the 1999 Constitution has clearly stated in Section 10 that government must not make or implement policies that are exclusively targeted at some religious organizations. HURIWA called on the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress which sponsored El-Rufai to call him to order so as to maintain the current atmo¬sphere of peace and tranquility in Kaduna State.

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