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Reactions As Senate Moves To Establish Religious Harmony Commission



The decision of the Senate to establish the National Religious Harmony Commission on Wednesday has stirred reactions among citizens.

According to the Senate, the bill which was considered in today’s seating will promote religious tolerance in the country.

The bill titled ‘The National Religious Harmony Commission (Establishment) Bill 2022’, was sponsored by the Senator representing Kwara North, Sadiq Suleiman Umar, and scaled the second reading during plenary.

Expanding on the general principles of the bill, Umar said the establishment of the Commission would serve as an intervention to promote religious tolerance, peace and harmony in Nigeria.

After consideration, the bill was referred by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service Matters for legislative inputs.

The Senate charged the committee to turn in its report in four weeks.

Reacting to this development, some Nigerians have blasted the Senate wondering if that is the best move at this time where insecurity is rampant in the country.

Some, however commended the Senate.

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Irene Osemeka, a Facebook user, urged them to lead by examples noting that there is no need to create a commission.

She said, “Religious tolerance must be displayed by the leaders and the elite, it is not about creating instutionalising the effort. We as leaders must be examples, we must preach about tolerance using religious texts and showing it in action. We do not need a ministry or commission to do this.”

Muhammed Kabir Badamasi, praised the Senate for the decision, saying that religious intolerance has been the reason for hatred in the country.

“That would go a long way because that has been the specialty our religious preachers have been missing for years.

“The absence of religious harmony in Nigeria is the root cause of the UNEXPLAINABLE hatred amongst Nigerians, particularly the common men & women,” he said.

“So religious leaders should now carry Bible and Quran to fight terrorists right? Government should play their part well, religious leaders are trying,” Joel Mary Sanii stated.

On his part, Paul Daniel advised members of the National Assembly to work closely with psychiatrist facilities in the country.

“A psychiatrist is needed urgently in NASS to evaluate the brain of lawmakers to know each person’s level of madness.

“How can you go hunting for grasshoppers when your house is on fire? Are you normal?” he inquired.

Felix Magaji said, “Great one. But Nigeria will always be Nigeria except we cleanse ourselves from the tussle for religious superiority. After the creation of the commission, the question of who will head the commission will begin, thereby defeating the aim of its existence.”

Also, Yusuf Ademola Adeniyi alleged that it is “another commission to siphon public funds. We don’t want that please, religious harmony is already in existence among the masses through people with humanity.”

Olawale Rahman slammed them saying they should get to work immediately.

“You guys are becoming jobless. Can’t you people do something about the insecurity in Nigeria, our light issue, the ASUU strike, making food cheap for the poor?” he queried.

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