The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, has said Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has no right to license preachers.
He said the religious preaching bill sent by the governor to the House of Assembly is uncalled for.
The senator, who spoke yesterday in Kaduna at the 40th anniversary of Ansarul-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN), said: “Governor El-Rufai does not have a right to license preachers. Every Nigerian has a right to freedom of association and speech.
“The bill sent to the assembly is a military decree, which is not applicable in a democratic setting.
“There are laws to checkmate whoever hides under religion to foment trouble. This decree dusted and sent to the assembly in the name of a bill to regulate religious preaching is uncalled for.” He condemned the alleged plan by the government to tax petty traders, to raise the dwindling Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
Sani, who was given an award by the Islamic organisation, said it came at a time he was yet to deliver his campaign promises.
Said he: “I’m happy to be honoured, but I cannot celebrate because the award is coming at a time when Nigerians are suffering. There is no electricity, there is queue at filling stations and so on.