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Bauchi State to Tax Churches and Mosques



Governor M.A Abubakar of Bauchi State

Bauchi State Government has made a decision to start registering and taxing all religious organisations, Punch reports.


The Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Community Relations, Baba Madugu, said data of all churches and mosques is being gathered. He made this known while speaking on the achievements of the ministry since 2015.

He mentioned that the Bauchi State government had spent N95,111, 300 for Quranic recitation competitions annually in the last two years.

He also said the details of these worship places will help the State to centralize all the religious activities, improve security and political benefits and this will in turn promote maximum service delivery.

“The ministry intends to embark on the registration of worship places and taxing beneficiary organisations who benefit from the services of the government. It also intends to undertake the survey of all places of worships (mosques and churches) throughout the state, including their addresses and contacts for security and political reasons. The ministry intends to solicit the centralisation of all religious activities so as to achieve maximum service deliver,” he said.


  1. Mannie

    June 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Amen! It’s about time churches and mosques contribute to the nations coffers.

    • Mr.A

      June 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      I am against government spending money on religious activities, especially in a multi religious setting. While some might applaud this announcement by the Bauchi government, note what he said : at least 95 million spent on quranic recitation annually, so probably alot more was spent. And then this same goverment turns around and says it’s taxing churches and mosques, Let it be clear, this is to harm churches! Plain and simple.

  2. Toluwalope

    June 9, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Nice move. It’s time they all start giving to Ceaser what truly belongs to Ceaser

  3. tunmi

    June 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    This should be fun

  4. Lailatu

    June 9, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Oh please… what mosques? We’ll know they are targeting churches.

  5. Jenny

    June 10, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Is that the primary assignment of the state government. This is just a smokescreen to target Churches.

  6. Ibrahim M B

    June 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    One thing is clear, is just to target the churches. Can the commissioner in all honesty tell the world how much do they spend for churches for the past two years?

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