A bill tagged, “An Act to Establish the National Council for Christian Education for the Purpose of Regulating and Setting Standard and For Related Matters, 2023” has already passed second reading purely to enhance the educational value of Christianity, according to CAN.
Senator Binos Yaroe, representing Adamawa South Senatorial District, is the sponsor of the bill, which has passed second reading at the Ninth Senate.
CSOs opposed to the bill say the nine-page bill is a violation of violation of sections 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, and 42 of our 1999 Constitution and Articles 2, 8, 9, 17, 18, 27, 28, and 29 of the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights (Ratification Enforcement) Act.
They say its preposterous and that in a multi-religious and secular state such as Nigeria, a bill that infringes on the citizens’ right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as well as unjustified intrusion of the state into the practice of the Christian religion is considered a priority.
The sponsors are planning to sensitise on the bill at a summit slated for June 22-23, 2023, in Abuja,
Civil society organisations opposed to the bill include Nigerian Association for Women Advancement; Catholic Lawyers Association; Sympathy Worldwide Organization; Life Choice International Initiative, Good Parenting and Youth Empowerment Initiative; Foundation for Marriage and Family; Centre for Corrections and Human Development; Islamic Platform of Nigeria.