The Nigerian National Assembly is pushing hard with a bill to regulate the practice of Christianity in the country.
The bill which has passed the second reading in the Nigerian Senate, CONVERSEER learned is seeking to create a National Centre for Christian Education, which will in turn regulate and set standards for the practice of the religion.
Senator Binos Yaroe of Adamawa South Senatorial District is the one sponsoring the bill.
Senator Yaroe said if the centre is established, it will resolve the nation’s “inappropriate practice” of religion, which he claimed had led to issues in the past.
Senator Istifanus Gyang of Plateau North Senatorial District, while joining the discussion argued that improperly practised religion has fostered radicalism.
He stated that religion could be a source of strength and national solidarity if followed properly, adding that the bill when established will create a curriculum for Christian education.
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The bill, according to Senator Abba Moro, who also spoke, is “apt”, considering that some youths have been deceived by radical religious groups.
“The misreading of the Bible and the Quran”, according to Moro, “was a cause in some of the country’s issues”.
The bill passed Second Reading on a voice vote under the direction of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who was presiding over the discussion.
The bill was then forwarded to the Committee on Education for additional legislative input.
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