- Kaduna state governor received security report that a new Islamic group called Gausiyya is springing up
- El-Rufai says new sect could make Boko Haram a child’s play
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has warned over the appearance of the new deadly Islamic group Gausiyya, that may be worse than the Boko Haram sect.
Kaduna governor informed about this in a radio interview while explaining the need to control religious activities in the state.
He noted that there was a security report of an emergence of a dangerous group in in Markafi local government area.
El-Rufai said: “We had a security report that a new Islamic organization called Gausiyya is springing up in one of our local government areas, precisely Makarfi.
“After studying the group’s activities, we understand that it is not a sect that we should allow to stay in our state. They preach contrary to the teachings of Islam and are gradually recruiting youth in the name of religion.
“We have decided to stop the group and their activities before they grew and become a problem for the state. Negligence is what brought about the Maitatsine in the 80’s and the Boko Haram insurgents we are now fighting.”
The governor added that to curb the excesses of the growing sect Kaduna state government came up with the proposed bill to regulate religious activities.
“The state government will not be responsible for issuing any license to preaching bodies or a new preacher who just surfaces,” he said.
“A committee that will consist of clerics nominated by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, and the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, will issue religious bodies permits depending on their faith.”
Governor El-Rufai had weeks ago forwarded the Religious Regulation Bill to the state House of Assembly.
Religious leaders and rights activists opposed the suggested bill, that seeks to regulate religious activities, particularly preaching, and to provide sanctions for its violation.
Prominent cleric Johnson Suleman, is one of those blaming El-Rufai for trying to use the law to intimidate the Christian faithful in the state.