Cleric supports proposal to regulate preaching, religious activities
The Chief Imam of National Assembly Quarters’ Mosque, Sheik Muhammad Khalid, has declared support for the establishment of a body to regulate religious activities in the country.
Khalid told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja that the establishment of the body would aid efforts at ensuring the security of lives and property.
“It is necessary to have a body to check the activities of and restrain those who propagate teachings that are capable of disturbing peaceful co-existence in the society.
“Let us have a body that will be on the lookout for those who are misleading the people.
“ I support the idea of government establishing a regulatory body on religious activities in Nigeria,“ the Islamic cleric said, and stressed the need for the government to have control over all religious groups.
Khalid said that government should come out with modalities for the establishment of such a regulatory body.
NAN recalls that Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State recently sent a bill to the State House of Assembly seeking to regulate public preaching in the state.
The bill titled: “A Bill for a Law to Substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law, 1984,” is aimed at banning the use of loudspeaker for religious purposes except inside Mosques or Churches.
The chief imam said that security in Nigeria had become a critical issue, which required the collective responsibility of all Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliation.
“ I wish to advise all stakeholders, especially the government, which has the duty of ensuring the security of lives and property, to look into possible ways of ensuring the safety of the citizens.
“I am not saying that government is not doing anything but its efforts will not be good enough until when the nation is adequately secured,” he said.
Khalid urged religious leaders to ensure that their followers conduct themselves in a peaceful manner so as to engender unity and progress of the country.