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Stop Stoking Embers Of Hatred — Lai Tells Religious Leaders

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By Babajide Okeowo

Minister Of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has called on religious leaders in the country to desist from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity, warning that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger unintended consequences.

The veiled response from the Minister is apparently aimed at Mathew Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese who in his Christmas message titled ‘A Nation in Search of Vindication’ had alleged that President Buhari has sacrificed the dreams of Nigerians on the altar of nepotism by pursuing Northern hegemony while wondering how he has managed to get away with his apparent nepotism.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the minister said a religious leader who has never supported President Muhammadu Buhari should not use disproved allegations against him.

Mohammed said while religious leaders have a responsibility to speak truth to power, such truth must not come “wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and religious disharmony”.

“The Federal Government has urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity, warning that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger
unintended consequences.

It is particularly graceless and impious for any religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of peace, to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian strife, and national disunity.

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.

Instigating regime change outside the ballot box is not only unconstitutional but also an open call to anarchy.

While some religious leaders, being human, may not be able to disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain from stigmatizing the leader they have never supported anyway, using well-worn and disproved allegations of nepotism or whatever” the statement read.

Recall that Kukah had sent a strongly worded message to President Buhari on Christmas day on his apparent nepotism.

“President Buhari deliberately sacrificed the dreams of those who voted for him for what seemed like a programme to stratify and institutionalise northern hegemony by reducing others in public life to second-class status. He has pursued this self-defeating and alienating policy at the expense of greater national cohesion.

Every honest Nigerian knows 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 got away with it. There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war.

The President may have concluded that Christians will do nothing and will live with these actions” he had said.

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