Pastor Chris Okotie, the chairman and presidential candidate of Fresh Democratic Party issued a statement through his media aide, Ladi Ayodeji, where he advised Govenror El-Rufai on how best to deal with the preaching bill.
He said, “The governor should also consider that religion is on the exclusive list, and the parameters for effectively executing such a widely berthed licensing action are beyond the purview of government understanding of the numerous religions, the criteria for licensing would be impossible for the government to decide.”
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Okotie reiterated that instead, we should all unite with the governments in its battle to contain cult violence, street crimes, kidnapping, child abuse and youth restiveness across the country.
The statement added that, “It is not good for the governor to enact a law that could inflame religious passions at a time when his party, the APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, appears to be defeating the Boko Haram insurgent, with the hope of their final defeat clearly on the horizon”.