Aware of the religious tension growing in the state, Borno state governor Babagana Zulum has asked clerics in the state to endeavor and get official permission before embarking on public preaching.
According to Punch, Zulum revealed that without official permission, clerics are not permitted to preach in Borno. The governor made this announcement on Sunday, August 29, during a meeting with stakeholders on the security situation in the state.
Zulum said the government is not leaving any stone unturned in its drive to promote peace in the state, the governor said crisis might ensue if he does not take the necessary steps, he revealed that he got information that there is a growing tension among some preachers who engage in exchanging insults.
Zulum added that due to the tension, the department of State Service (DSS) in Borno has been ordered to arrest such persons, “If care is not taken, this will become a serious issue because I heard different preachers have started abusing each other.
“We shall never allow anybody to come into the state and begin to say things anyhow, be it Christian or Muslim. This is very important. 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,” Zulum stressed.