Del­e­gate calls for reg­u­la­tion of re­li­gion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

A del­e­gate at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Dudu Mam­man Paloma yes­ter­day called for reg­u­la­tion of re­li­gion in the coun­try to stop the ris­ing cases of re­li­gious vi­o­lence in the coun­try.

“I want to say that there is a need and I have not re­ally heard much said on that, there is a need for reg­u­la­tion of re­li­gion in Nigeria; not for re­li­gious prac­tice but the preach­ing of re­li­gion.

“To­day we have itin­er­ant preach­ers, roam­ing preach­ers mov­ing with their mi­cro­phones from city to city, vil­lage to vil­lage preach­ing in­cit­ing words that cause all kinds of emo­tions to all sorts of people and they be­gin to wreak havoc on the in­no­cent. We must reg­u­late re­li­gion,” she said.

She added that: “We have pas­tors also blar­ing from mi­cro­phones in­cit­ing words against people’s prophets and reli­gions that they don’t un­der­stand. We must reg­u­late re­li­gion.”

Speak­ing on the need for an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety, Paloma who said Nigeria must come out of the cur­rent quag­mire in one piece and “can­not af­ford to leave any­body be­hind. We have ex­cluded many be­cause of where they come from, be­cause of who they are by rea­son of disability, gen­der, age, ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion and so­cial sta­tus.”

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