by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, says “Government would not allow anyone to come into the state and begin to say things anyhow, be it Christian or Muslim, this is very important.”
According to him, the CAN should write to us; the Jama’atu Nasri Islam should also write to the Borno State Government and the Preaching Service Board with a view to creating access for them to preach. This is very important.”
Prof. Babagana Zulum directed the Department of State Services to arrest any cleric preaching in public spaces and inciting the public. He was speaking, while addressing stakeholders at the interactive meeting on the security situation of the state arising from the sudden surrender of hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents at the Government House on Sunday in Maiduguri.
The governor said, the development was necessary because some clerics had been abusing themselves and stirring conflicts in their public preaching.
According to him, “One of the very important things to discuss is the issue of preaching in the state. If care is not taken, this will become a serious issue because I heard different preachers have started abusing each other.”
He has observed that, “They have been abusing each other in their preaching, and I have ordered the DSS to arrest all of them in the state, while the Preaching Service Board has been given all the powers to regulate their activities.”