The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Reverend Dr Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso on Monday described the religious bill sponsored by Governor Nasir El-rufai and presently before the State House of Assembly as unnecessary.
He said, the governor should instead make do with existing laws and regulate religious activities accordingly rather than attempt to establish another law capable of causing chaos in the state.
Archbishop Ndagoso stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after celebrating the Easter Monday with students of the Borstal Training institution in Kaduna.
According to him, Pastors or Imams who preach hatred or engages in any hate speech should be treated as common criminals and be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The bill will create confusion and disharmony, therefore our stand is that our existing laws are enough to deal with people who uses religion, tribe or sentiments to create confusion, discord and make people to commit violence against each other.
“Those who use religion to cause violence should be treated as a common criminal not as a religious leader because the two major religion does not encourage violence.”
Earlier in his message to the students who are undergoing rehabilitation at the training institution, Archbishop Ndagoso urged the students not to be discouraged with the present situation but to look up to God for a better tomorrow.
“No matter your situation, God loves and cares for you, no matter how bad we think we are, God does not and will not write us off.
“Just forget your past, turn over a new leaf and become a good citizen, God is always ready to accept you in spite of your shortcomings” he admonished them.