Senate Moves To Establish National Religious Harmony Commission | DETAILS

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Senate Moves To Establish National Religious Harmony Commission | DETAILS

By Nancy Okafor:

The Nigerian Senate has considered a bill to establish the National Religious Harmony Commission.

The National Religious Harmony Commission (Establishment) Bill 2022, sponsored by Senator Sadiq Suleiman, scaled second reading during plenary.

Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, Umar the piece of legislation seeks to establish the NRHC to serve as an intervention to promote religious tolerance, peace and harmony in Nigeria.

He observed that the United Nations Charter and several provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) are based on the principles of the dignity and equality of all human beings.

The lawmaker explained that the UN charter seeks the promotion and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction to race, se-x, language or religion.

He stated that the bill seeks to create an enabling environment for the peaceful coexistence of different religious beliefs within the Nigerian nation as well as provide a forum for public enlightenment and dialogue.

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

The Committee was given four weeks to turn in its report.

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