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Group accuses el-Rufai of abolishing vigils, Christmas, Easter, New Year’s Eve observance by Christians



The immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has reportedly withdrawn his interest in being part of President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet. According to report, presidency sources said Mr El-Rufai told President Tinubu at a meeting on Tuesday that he was no longer interested in becoming a minister but would continue to contribute his quota to the development of Nigeria as a private citizen. “He also told the president that he needed time to focus on his doctorate programme at a university in The Netherlands,” a source said. Another insider also said that the former governor suggested a new ministerial nominee — Jafaru Ibrahim Sani — for Kaduna State, saying the President would find him very useful and resourceful. Mr Sani served as commissioner in three ministries in Kaduna State (Local Government Education and Environment) while Mr El-Rufai was governor.
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“Governor Nasiru El-rufai is with his Kaduna State Religious Preaching Regulation Law effectively banning night vigil, Christmas Eve, Easter and New year eve celebration for Christians.”

Istifanus Daniel of the Coalition of Christians with Conscience (CCC), Kaduna, stated this in a press release on Monday.

In a statement signed by Daniel and the Secretary of the coalition, Paul Musa, the group said that the law, which is termed, The Kaduna State Religious Preaching Regulation Law, 2019, contains several areas that will directly affect the worship mode of Christians in Kaduna State.

A part of its provisions criminalizes any person who plays a religious cassette or uses a loud speaker for religious purposes between the hours of 11pm and 4am.

“This is very disturbing as it means that Christians cannot hold night vigils, celebrate Christmas, Easter and New Year’s Eve in the evenings which fall typically within those hours. The provision is also divisive as our Muslim brothers are allowed to say their prayers at 5am after the ban for Christians,” the group said.

It added that this law seeks to ‘accredit preachers’ and appoint regulators of faith means that it is the state government that will determine what is preached or not.

“Has the state purged itself of its own political woes as to move into the sphere of faith? Surely, we are not in a theocracy but a democracy. The state and faith must be well separated.

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“It is surprising that politicians who use thugs and take over the streets with loudspeakers do not have laws that will regulate them yet think that worshippers are the people to be regulated.

The law also defines a designated place of worship as a building constructed with permission sought for and obtained from the Kaduna State Urban Development and Planning Agency (KASUPDA) for the purpose of religious worship.

“In many states of northern Nigeria, Christians are not allowed to buy land and build churches, imagine how difficult it will be for Christians in Kaduna state to obtain permit to build churches if this law is passed,” the group insisted.

“We the CCC wish to draw the attention of the Kaduna State Government of the violation of our faith which this law will bring. We urge the Governor to reconsider its position and not pass this into law.”

Although the Kaduna House of Assembly passed the bill last week, Gov el-Rufai has yet to give his assent.

The National Daily gathered that the Speaker, Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, was trying to impress the governor (for re-election) by hastening the bill passage before the eighth state assembly expiration.

“As it stands, the document is yet to be prepared by the clerk, and therefore yet to be signed by the governor,” a source close to the assembly said.

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  1. Hush kane

    June 10, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    This is against the rule of law, how can a mere governor abolish night vigil in a state. We have freedom of worship in this country but this so called government is trying to suppress it. This is against the rule of law! What of Muslims that worship freely in other states,no body have stopped them.

  2. Realist

    June 10, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    What is in night vigil, with a devoted person, who practices what God requires, he prays to God and God answers immediately especially if the prayer is in line with God’s will. So night vigil is a mere religious tradition not ordered by God.

    • Tony .A.

      June 10, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      correct my friend

    • Osas

      June 10, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Sorry friend you are wrong. I am not sure you are a Christian, if you were, you would know better. While it is true that God answers prayer anywhere and any time, the practice of night vigil was exemplified by Christ himself when he prayed all night to God before he chose His disciples. When Herod arrested and jailed Peter, the Church kept praying day and night for his release. What is written in the Bible is for our learning, including the scriptural practices of Bible characters.

    • Joseph

      June 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

      You must be a very stupid person

      • blessing

        June 11, 2019 at 7:11 am

        Comment:but why the insult here now? be more reasonable than anyone you think is not being reasonable.

      • Ray

        June 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

        Comment:Joseph u are a big fool and God will destroy you Antichrist.

    • MB

      June 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm

      If you think in this manner one on the street you will be arrested just because you a Christian. So if u fail to fight for your right now, then…?

    • Mrs O

      June 11, 2019 at 12:08 am

      I agree with your line of thought.

    • Edward

      June 11, 2019 at 3:47 am

      Comment:why do u guy pray by 5am ,he should stop that too.there will know he is just n not picking side.

    • Denis

      June 11, 2019 at 7:06 am

      What you are saying is foolish and displays your ignorance of the Bible. What does mean when Israel left Egypt by midnight, what about Gatsamane, what about Paul and Silas in prison etc. So, don’t be a fool.

    • Aupat

      June 11, 2019 at 7:26 am

      If u have enough sense, you will not be saying this…

  3. splendour

    June 10, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Comment:am not supprised, when islamization was mentioned, people thought that mnk was talking gibberish. his professes are manifesting gradually. na naija we dey.

    • Anyams

      June 10, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      This kind of decree was once passed in the days of prophet Daniel, and those who signed it failed, anyone who joined to sign should learn from history

  4. Odusanya

    June 10, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    The governor and Satan are now equal. Surely hell is real for them.

    • ojoy

      June 11, 2019 at 8:17 am

      Comment:if the governor did not have Bible let him go and have one for himself, because the Holly Qur’an is not telling them the truth, the day that he will pass this into law that day he will live this world.

      • malachi

        June 11, 2019 at 9:34 am

        Comment:surely God will punished him.

  5. Emeka Dgreat Don

    June 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Who can battle with the Lord. Let’s see whose power supersedes

  6. King david

    June 10, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    That governor will b paralaized before d end of this year in Jesus name.
    Watch out

  7. Steve

    June 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Gov. Nasiru of Kaduna state, take note, that if you sign that God forsaken law, their is going to be BIG trouble and it is your Islamic people that will suffer it the most. Push us to the wall, you will see. You know that we are on God’s side and God is on our side. And never forget that, ‘the pickin wey say im mama no go sleep im sef no go sleep ‘

  8. Esther Markus

    June 10, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Jesus said He has build his Church on planet Earth and the gate of hell shall not be able to prevail. I decree in the name of Jesus .by the authority in Jesus mallam Nasir rufai will confess Jesus and accept Jesus .just as it happened to Saul in d Bible who later became apostle Paul so will it be with malam Rufai in Jesus name .write it down

  9. Stephen

    June 10, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    When God wanted to kill pharaoh He hardened his heart till He dragged him to the grave (the red sea).
    If El-rufai signs that bill, watch and see how disgraceful he will die.
    I rest my case.

  10. nnamdi

    June 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Comment:I think this is no longer our fight…
    God should take over, because he is the I am that I am!!!

  11. Ebuka Chris

    June 10, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Comment:who can battle with the Lord?NOBODY

  12. Ambrose Sarah

    June 10, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Comment: Who can battle with the Lord? El u think u will win this battle? remember u re battling with the children of the most high God watch and see as our living God is going to fight for his chosen one.repent Mr man.if not hell await your arrival.

  13. Carolus

    June 10, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    God will fight His battle by Himself.The heart of the king is still in Hus hands.Just remain faithful in your worship.Don’t lose sleep over this matter,God knows the end even from the beginning.

  14. Joseph

    June 10, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Illiterate folk do not knw what it mean to preserve national identity. People of notable position should learn to be intelligent and not to poseon social media to be what they are not

    • Mizbi

      June 11, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      What exactly are you insinuating Joseph

  15. MB

    June 10, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Find out in the Bible what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar when he exalted himself high, The Most High God humbled him to a common beast. Learn oh you Governor.

  16. kachi

    June 10, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Comment: osas I don’t that baba is a Christian because if he were he will understand the importance of Vigil to a devout Christian, some people I wonder if they think from their Anus

  17. Aigbogun Abraham

    June 11, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Comment:This is a wake up call for Christians, finally our God is revealing their evil plans

  18. Anonymous

    June 11, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Where does the law specifically say night vigil is prohibited ?

    • Aaz

      June 11, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      use your tongue to count your teeth before you ask “Where does the law specifically say night vigil is prohibited ?”

  19. chris onabu

    June 11, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Comment:who el-Rufai thinks he is…..God?? we’re in a democracy for crying out loud, he doesn’t have right to abolish Christian’s activities

  20. faka p

    June 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Comment:if dose that,we in other states will send away the Muslim bk to their own state …

  21. mao

    June 11, 2019 at 6:36 am

    d end of his reign is near let not forget what happen to nebuchedneza in the Bible God power is the same yesterday today and forever we shall see who will bow

  22. Patmore Elawore

    June 11, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Look here el rufai, ever learnt a lesson from Nebuchadnezzar? He was as godless and stubborn as you are, killed innocent souls, demolished peoples properties and businesses, performed ethnic cleansing. Now as if its not enough, you have hone the extra mile to ban night vigil, and celebration ofbEaster and Christmas. When a man is due to die, he God makes such person loose his sense of responsibility and destroy him at last. El rufai you are merely taking advantage of a president that is a lame duck to ride on his shoulders. You will soon be relocated to the forest and eat grass. You are a disgrace to the moslem world and to your generation. To even make matters worse, you are not even a Nigeria and u are oppressing the masses simply because they don’t buy your beliefs. Shame on you. You are heading for the rocks. If you succeed in your evil agenda I call on the Almighty to take awaybyiur breath because all soils are mine says the the Lord God Almighty. A word is enough for the wise.

    • d don

      June 11, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Comment:can somebody pls tell me were d bible says u should celebrate Xmas and go to church on Sunday?

      • Admin

        June 11, 2019 at 8:32 am

        1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Nehemiah 8:1-9

      • Sign

        June 11, 2019 at 5:02 pm

        U must be one of the agent of darkness.

  23. Steven Patmore Elawore

    June 11, 2019 at 6:56 am

    el rufai? It appears there’s a problem with your eustratian tube. The three semi circular canals in your ear have gone bezerk. While in office as FCT Minister you plundered innocent citizens properties and businesses and grazed them down because you’re hungry for power. You diverted government housed and lands to yourself and domestic staff now you have moved to Kaduna to cause mayhem. You have been killing Christians in Kaduna with impunity by taking advantage of a president that a lame duck by riding on his shoulders perform your nefarious religious acts. Do you know thee is a man exactly like you in the Bible called Nebuchadnezzar? He ended up as a state governor in the bush eating grass. I can assure you that before you conclude your motives God will withdraw your last breath from you. U will find yourself two feet below the ground. What annoys me is that you are not even a Nigerian. What is the meaning of el refai in Hausa language? I dare u to unleash your mayhem and the rest will be history.

  24. Aupat

    June 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

    If u have enough sense, you will not be saying this…

    • Bishop

      June 11, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Who are you na,pls just short up pls

  25. olalekan oladapo

    June 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

    ιѕ σиℓу иιgнт νιgιℓ уσυ ѕαω ιи тнє вιℓℓ?… ωну ωιℓℓ σиє ρєяѕσи ωαит тσ ѕυρρяєѕѕ ρєσρℓє’ѕ яєℓιgισи. ιѕ ιт fαιя… ∂σ тσ σтнєяѕ ωнαт уσυ ωαит тнєм тσ ∂σ υитσ уσυ… ιт’ѕ иσт gσσ∂ fσя тнιѕ ¢συитяу αи∂ ∂ємσ¢яα¢у αт ℓαяgє

  26. d don

    June 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Comment:can somebody pls tell me were d bible says u should celebrate Xmas and go to church on Sunday?

  27. olalekan oladapo

    June 11, 2019 at 8:01 am

    єℓяυfι, иσ σиє υи∂єя тнє нєανєиѕ αи∂ тнє єαятн вαттℓєѕ ωιтн тнє кιиg σf кιиgѕ яємαιи тнє ѕαмє… ι ∂σи’т киσω αи∂ ι ∂σи’т ωαит тσ киσω уσυя яєαѕσиѕ fσя тнιѕ α¢т, вυт ωнαт єνєя уσυя яєαѕσиѕ αяє, уσυ нανє fαιℓє∂ αℓяєα∂у вє¢αυѕє нє ωнσ ѕєαт σи тнє нєανєиℓу тняσиє иєνєя ѕℓєєρѕ иσя ѕℓυмвєя. уσυ αяє fαя fαя тσσ тσσ ѕмαℓℓ тσ fєєℓ уσυ ¢αи єи∂ ¢няιѕтιαиιту ιи кα∂υиα… ι ѕєє уσυ ρєяιѕнιиg ιи ѕнαмє ιf уσυ gσ αнєα∂ ωιтн ωнαт уσυ киσω ιѕ ωяσиg… єℓяυfι, ρнαяασн ∂ι∂ мσяє тнαи тнιѕ, иєвυ¢нα∂иєzzαя ∂ι∂ мσяє тнαи тнιѕ, вυт тнєу ρєяιѕн…єℓяυfι, ωнєяє ιѕ αвα¢нα тσ∂αу?… вє ωιѕє єℓяυfι, ʝєѕυѕ ℓσνєѕ уσυ αи∂ ∂σи’т ѕєє нιѕ σтнєя ѕι∂є. ι яєѕт му ¢αѕє

  28. gab

    June 11, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Comment:you are a disgrace to national you can not stop the children of God by worshiping His Name. shame on you

  29. peli

    June 11, 2019 at 10:33 am

    is non with Christian now , he is fighting God

  30. JCN

    June 11, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Comment:There mr governor, is it by force you want to impose your own religion on other people? if really you are serving a living God, and that your own religion is the best, allow people to willingly join you to it…. i want to remind you of the book of Esther & more importantly chapter 6 : 13 read & understand it yourself….i am advising you & your gangs to retrace your steps before it is too late because many have fallen because of you and so many blood cries after you… Lastly, you can’t fight God and win….


    June 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Obviously, the plot to Islamise Nigeria isn’t a hidden agenda any more. But let’s think what could happen if all the individual state governors in Nigeria embark on this same kind of theocratic project (which is not democratic) to enact laws that could lead to a possible outbreak of religious wars and social divisiveness; there will be no state to govern, no country to to lead in oneness. We have seen how political crisis have rocked nations endlessly, notably Africa, due to “selfishness” in leadership. But the true leader is God whom you try ‘help’…
    Now, we talk about Islamic terrorist, herdsmen killing, fulani radio for all, Religious Preaching Regulation Law: all emanating from Islamic agents. Can’t we see that the country is already on the REDLINE.

  32. cletus

    June 11, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Comment:No matter how the gov. hate Christianity God will always be on the side of christians he will only end up like nebucadneze

  33. Bishop

    June 11, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Who are you na,pls just short up pls

  34. Bishop

    June 11, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    As for me the God I no fight his own battle as for those asking where is Sundays mation in the Bible and Esther ,night vigil and other Christian believes should not worry, the time is coming. If el what is that his name self like let him say before any Christian called the name of Christ he must obtain lancernce, God that he is fighting is looking at him. Who is man to God the Governor is just a mortal man brethren worry not

  35. Appointed

    June 11, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    what do you think can separate us from the love of Christ Lord Jesus? we are not the one to defend our self because the war is not ours

    Exodus 14:14 has the exact hot moment and answer. Muje zuwaa

  36. JonnyJung

    June 11, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    This stupid governor should just die. I wish I could use the sniper against this son of the bond woman.

  37. Okajare isaac

    June 12, 2019 at 12:09 am

    We cannot fight this alone,the lord that killed abacha when it remains a day to kill obasanjo is still on the throne to pass a hot judgement upon him and his cabinets.he should start that war with his first child and end it with his last child.The God of Israel,the God of apostle Ayodele Babalola is still on the throne to hear our cry.lets we christains go on a marathon fasting and prayer with nakedness and watch the wall of Jericho fallen down.

  38. Dotun

    June 12, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Brethren, it is right time to cal upon God bcos of Christians in North that blood of Jesus Christ must not be in vain over there. Please, act in prayer by pleading for the blood Jesus to prevail, not to be abusing or insulting anyone, act wisely!

  39. KC KC

    June 12, 2019 at 3:07 am

    El Rufai, u had crossed ur boundary. Dooms knocks at ur door. Beware, else u will be totally consumed.

  40. Salami gabriel

    June 12, 2019 at 6:13 am

    “Governor Nasiru El-rufai, will soon receive God judgement he is tempting god appearance

  41. Tami gold

    June 12, 2019 at 7:17 am

    El Rufai is seeking for another bloody civil war. Don’t worry it is even more closer than u expect. This time any where your wife children and family members are this Pandora box you are about to open will consume all of them one by one. Starting from your father to everyone member of your family.

  42. Daniel Akerele

    June 12, 2019 at 11:20 am

    All I know is that the God we serve will surely fight our battle. The Christians should not relent their effort, let them keep praying to their God, for he would certainly vindicate them in due time. Even the so called Governor would become Christian very soon.

  43. AAB

    June 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

    This can be termed religious curfew. You making it 11pm to 4am, why not make it 11pm to 6am, I guess you don’t want it to affect the Muslim’s morning prayer. Then that is bias. I can tell you that this you are doing is a fight challenge with God, and I can assure you, you will be dealt with severely. The wrath of God awaits you.

  44. Dare Adedara

    June 20, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    No body should feel disappointed if such person has not been appointed in the first instance. The governor can not give what he does not have or take back what he did not give out in the first place.

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