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Humanists Applaud the Withdrawal of Religious Pilgrimage Subsidies

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Humanists Applaud the Withdrawal of Religious Pilgrimage Subsidies

Humanists welcome the decision by the Nigerian government to withdraw the subsidies of religious pilgrimages from 2008.

"This decision is long over due and represents a bold step in upholding the constitutional wall separating religion and state, which past governments flagrantly violated"

According to the Minister of Information and Communication Mr John Odey, the decision became necessary in order to ensure that pilgrimages remain a purely religious matter for and only those who can afford it.

"That ought to be the case in every secular nation. Religious obligations are not only for those who can afford them, but also for those who uphold them. Funding religious activities, religious laws, religious courts, religious police and places of worship, religious myths and superstitions is not the duty of the government but of individual believers"

Hence humanists call upon the government of President Musa Yar'dua to scrap other policies, legislations, programs and institutions that violate the secular character of the Nigerian nation and the principle of separation of church (mosque) and state.

Long live free, democratic and secular Nigeria

Leo Igwe

Executive Secretary

Nigerian Humanist Movement


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