By Francis Igata
ENUGU—The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has sent a warning to President Muhammadu Buhari over the bill seeking to license religious preachers in Kaduna State.
In a statement yesterday in Enugu, Chairman of the PFN in the State, Rev. Dr. Godwin Madu, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call Governor Nasir El-Rufai to order as such move was capable of throwing the country into chaos.
According to Madu, “the situation in Kaduna State today calls for caution because this religious issue may bring problem in other states if not properly checked.
“The licensing of preachers is not in the best interest of the nation and it is contrary to the constitution of the country.
“Are we being forced to have two countries in Nigeria or two constitutions? Mr President should intervene in this matter. Let there be caution and proper understanding between government, leaders and religious leaders; let us stop anything that will not make for peace.”
On the planned establishment of grazing reserves across the 36 States of the Federation, the PFN said it was a veiled plan to Islamize the country.
He said, “We frown at the impending doom that may befall the nation if Mr. President fails to check the incessant attempts to Islamize the states.
“We request the National Assembly not to consider such bill; let the sponsors of such bill desist from it.
“The nature of attacks on the host communities of the Fulani herdsmen is so damaging; how can a grazing field be given to them whereas it is the cause of crisis in several cities across the country.”
The group while decrying the cases of rape, murder and arson linked to herdsmen, called on security agencies to rise in defence of helpless citizens, “whose farms are being damaged, their wives and daughters raped and murdered”.