The Federal Government in a statement pleaded with religious leaders to avoid comments which can lead to religious war, yesterday. It also clarified that there was no plan to Islamize the nation or subject Christians to any form of persecution.
The government said it suspected that crises between Muslims and Christians used to be driven by political motivation, ethnic differences, extremism, intolerance and terrorism. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the clarifications at a Town Hall meeting for North-Central in Ilorin, denied that the military was being used to arm Fulani herdsmen to kill Christians.
He asked the local and foreign media to shun the reportage of inviting statements by religious leaders. Mohammed said: “Without equivocating, let me say that a lot has been achieved by this administration, despite the challenges that we have faced since assuming office. But whatever has been achieved in all spheres will pale into insignificance if there is no peace in the country. “And there is no bigger threat to the peace and unity of our country today than religion-coated incendiary messages, which are being carelessly sent out there by some religious, political and opinion leaders.”