Bill to Regulate, Set Standards for Christian Practice, Passes Second Reading at Senate
A bill seeking to create a National Centre for Christian Education to regulate and set standards for the practice of Christianity in Nigeria has passed the second reading at the Senate.
The bill was sponsored by Senator Binos Yaroe, representing Adamawa South Senatorial District.
Yaroe claimed that the centre, when established, would aid in resolving the country’s “inappropriate practice” of religion, which according to him, had in the past, led to issues.
Weighing in on the discussion, Senator Istifanus Gyang of the Plateau North Senatorial District, argued that improperly practised religion has fostered radicalism.
Gyang noted that religion could be a source of strength and national solidarity if followed properly, adding that the bill when established will create a curriculum for Christian education.
Senator Abba Moro, who also spoke, said the bill was ‘apt’ given that some youngsters had been duped by radical religious figures.
Moro maintained that the misinterpretation of the Quran and the Bible was a contributing factor to some of the nation’s problems.
Presiding over the debate, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, put the bill to a voice vote and it passed Second Reading, which was later referred to the Committee on Education for additional legislative input.