They said Nigeria is a multi-religious society and using a megaphone to preach would amount to insensitivity towards others when one faith imposes its preaching on others without being asked.
They said that people should be educated about the social ruin that could cause religious disorder through the use of loud megaphones in houses of worship and street preaching.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the use of loud megaphones for religious preaching is common in most Nigerian cities, with consequent interfaith friction.
He reports that such has become a nuisance for people in their homes. It makes communication so difficult that answering or making phone calls where such loud preaching is going on becomes unbearable.
The Chief Missionary, Jejewiyyat Muslim Association of Nigeria and Overseas (JMANO), Prof. Abdulkadil Olawale-Paramolehe said that using a megaphone in religious preaching did not make people pay attention to one’s message.
Olawale-Paramole, also the Founding Forum of Islamic Leaders, Ojo, and Head of Department (HOD), Peace and Islamic Studies, Lagos State University (LASU), said that good legislation with the appropriate sanction imposed on the culprits would confer sanity to the battered environment.
“In any civilized environment like Lagos, there must be precautionary measures towards the welfare of the people in general.
“Nigeria is known for its multi-religious activities, so if care is not taken, there could be danger. The use of a megaphone for preaching should be regulated to sanitize the environment.
“There are people who don’t want to hear that your message, tailored to them through their loud devices, is insensitive to their rights.
“More people of your faith can hear what you want to say within the four walls of your house of worship.
“Even if you want to preach to people who are not of your faith, you can do it quietly through publications like flyers and brochures.” he said.
The university professor said that the Saudi authorities had legislated against the use of such devices for religious teachings.
He called on the Nigerian authorities to emulate the state of Saudi Arabia and regulate the megaphone for preaching to reduce noise in the environment.
Also speaking about the use of megaphones, the National Emir of the Supreme Council of Islamic Preachers (SCIP), South West Nigeria, Alhaji Taofeek AkewugbagoldHe said that this crude way of preaching had gone out of fashion.
Akewugbagold described the unwanted sound as noise and said faith must be prevented from distracting the public with its messages.
He said that this was not an effective means of retaining members or getting new converts.
He urged the state to implement strict measures to reduce its use to the bare minimum to protect people.
NAN reports that some street preachers have been killed in the northern part of the country by extremists of other religions.
It also reports that the National Environmental Safety Regulatory Compliance Agency (NESREA) has secured an environmental protection and regulation law that includes noise pollution with penalties for violators.
General Manager of NESREA, Professor Aliyu JauroHe had said in November that the agency would, by the first quarter of 2023, prosecute environmental offenders to protect the environment.