The Evangelist News Edition, May 3, 2023. Admin.
A bill that would create the National Centre for Christian Education, which would “regulate and set standards” for the practice of Christianity in Nigeria has passed the second reading at the Senate.
Sponsor of the bill, Sen. Binos Yaroe of the Adamawa South Senatorial District, claimed that the centre would aid in resolving the nation’s “inappropriate practice” of religion, which has in the past led to issues.
On his part, Sen. Istifanus Gyang of the Plateau North Senatorial District, weighed in on the discussion, claiming that radicalism has been fostered by improperly practiced religion.
The federal lawmaker noted that, if followed properly, religion could be a source of strength and national solidarity, which is why the bill to establish the centre to create a curriculum for Christian education is very necessary.
Sen. Abba Moro, who represents Benue South in the Red Chamber, who also spoke, said the bill was ‘apt’ given that some youngsters had been duped by radical religious figures.
Sen. Moro emphasised that there was no denying that the misinterpretation of the Bible and the Quran has a contributing factor in some of the country’s problems.
After the discussion, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, who presided over plenary, put the bill to a voice vote, and it passed Second Reading.
However, for additional legislative input, Sen. Lawan referred the draft to the Committee on Education.
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