This Day (Lagos)

4 July 2012

Nigeria: Bauchi Govt to Regulate Religious Preachings

In its effort to ensure peace and mutual co-existence, the Bauchi State Government Tuesday said it had set in motion machineries which would help regulate preachings among Muslims and Christians clerics.

The state Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, Hon. Salisu Ahmed Barau, who fielded questions with journalists in Bauchi, said regulating preachings among clerics was necessary as it aimed at promoting peace and mutual co-existence among people of the state.

He said apart from regulating preaching among the Christians and Muslims clerics, the Ministry was vested with the responsibility of granting permission to establish mosques and churches across the state.

The commissioner explained that even though the Ministry was just two months old, efforts had been put in place towards promoting inter and intra-religious understanding and harmony among the religious groups in the state.

He stated that the Ministry had already liaised with religious groups in the state, particularly the state chapters of Jama'atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) to ensure peaceful co-existence among the religious groups.

Barau assured residents that the merger of the Shariah commission and the Ministry would not hinder the operation of the Shariah implementation in the state, saying their activities would not be relegated to the background.

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