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El-Rufai Gov urged to consult widely on religious censorship bill

The Jama'atul Nasril Islam (JNI) has called on Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai, to do more consultation concerning a religious censorship bill he sent to the State House of Assembly.

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In a communique issued at the end of its meeting held on Sunday,  May 29, 2016 in Kawo, Kaduna and signed by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, JNI said the religious censorship bill needs wider consultation.

"We advised the Kaduna State Government to make wider consultation with all stakeholders on the proposed amendment to the preaching Law in the State," the communique stated.

"We implore all media houses to be responsible and responsive in Tafsir sessions that are aired by way of censoring tapes capable of destabilizing the society."

"We call on the Ulama to utilize their respective Tafsir sessions at all times, particularly during Ramadan to educate Muslims to be God fearing, to emphasize the fundamental Islamic teaching and to refrain from issues that could divide the Ummah."

"All traders especially those dealing in essential commodities are called upon to abstain from hoarding and inflating prices of food stuffs and other commodities during and after the Ramadan," the communique stated.

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Speaking, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa'i, while declaring the meeting open, acknowledged the economic hardships and the insecurity bedevilling the country and assured that the government would continue to contain them.

He briefed the council that the state government is assiduously working on inter faith and peaceful cooperation adding that his government is working tirelessly with neighbouring states in addressing cattle rustling, armed banditry and other social ills.

Elrufai also urged the council to intensify efforts toward educating and disseminating pristine teaching of Islam, most especially in the rural areas, where often wrong Islamic creeds are spread, due to illiteracy and poverty.

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