BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has assured that the Gender Bill currently before the National Assembly will be fair to all religious groups and sentiments.
He said the National Assembly is conscious of religious concerns in the passage of laws and even more cautious about it in the consideration of the Gender Bill.
According to him; ”There is no law that can disregard the religious sentiments of the citizens. So, we must also put that in our minds. We have discussed that whatever final version of the law that will come for discussion, because it is still for discussion, it is just a proposal, it should not be one that would have conflict with religion.
“I want to assure you of that the final version of the Gender bill will be such that all religious sentiments are taken care of and Nigerians would be proud of.”
Saraki, who gave the assurance when the National Executive of the Islamic group, Jamaatu Izalatul Bidiah Wa Ikamatus Sunnali (JIBWS) led by its President, Sheikh Mohammed Sani Yahaya Jingiri visited him at the National Assembly, also said the Senate has taken note of the problem in the education sector.
He said; “It is a big problem. We are hoping to have a round-table with all the stakeholders and let us ask ourselves what we need to do differently. The problem is huge. When the time comes, we will also meet some of our religious leaders and invite you to come and contribute your own view. It is very important to address that.
“Let me assure you that we will continue to play our roles by bringing political balancing and stability into consideration as we do what we know is best for the country. We will strive to work to keep this country together”, Saraki assured.
In his remarks, Sheikh Jingirr called on the National Assembly to regulate the operations of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), stressing that failure in properly regulating the examination body’s operations may aggravate the problems in the education sector.
Jingirr prayed for the quick recovery of President Buhari, who is currently on medical vacation in London.