The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has filed a suit before Kaduna State High Court, challenging an executive bill that regulates preaching in the state.
In the suit filed on August 12 before Justice Hajara Gwadah by President of PFN, Professor (Rev) Femi Ehinmidu, through the PFN Counsel , Sunday Akani, the Fellowship joined the state governor Nasir el-Rufai, State House of Assembly and Attorney General of the state. The case came up for hearing on Tuesday.
The PFN is seeking to declare null and void an executive bill before Kaduna State House of Assembly regulating preaching by religious organisations and individuals in the state.
The PFN is seeking the court’s declaration that “the Bill for a Law to substitute the Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law 1984, sent to the House of Assembly of Kaduna State by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai is a violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights of freedom of religion, association and discriminatory as guaranteed by Constitution.”
The Fellowship is seeking the enforcement of its fundamental rights of freedom of religion and association “as guaranteed under Sections 38(1), 39(1), 40(1), and 42(1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and under the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights.”
The controversial bill among other things seeks to prohibit anyone or group from preaching in public or organising crusade.