The Federal Government has said it is graceless for any religious leader to use this Christmas period, which is supposed to be a time to preach peace, to cause hatred, strife, or national disunity.
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, warns all religious leaders of making statements that could trigger unintended consequences.
The minister said he understands that spiritual leaders have a role in speaking the truth, but such truth must not come with hatred, anger, disunity, and religious disharmony.
” Calling for a violent overthrow of a democratically-elected government, no matter how disguised such a call is, and casting a particular religion as violent is not what any religious leader should engage in, and certainly not in a season of peace,” he said.
Lai said while some religious leaders might not hide the National leader they prefer, they should refrain from stigmatizing the leader they never supported with allegations of nepotism.’
The minister noted that Nigeria’s problem would be tackled when all leaders and people come together as one.
He said the challenges wouldn’t be tackled “when some people arrogantly engage in name-calling and finger-pointing.”
Recall that the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that Bishop Matthew Kukah of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto had accused President Buhari of running the country with a prospect of a failed state.
The respected cleric stated that “there is no way any non-Northern Muslim president could have done a fraction of what President Buhari has done by his nepotism and gotten away with it,” Mr. Kukah said.” There would have been a military coup a long time ago, or we would have been at war.”
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