President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Sokoto while addressing Catholic Bishops of Nigeria said he will continue to ensure the security of lives and properties of all Nigerians.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the second plenary of the CBCN held at the conference hall of Umaru Shinkafi Polytechnic, Buhari warned that no Nigerian life will be taken prematurely, even as he added that all the unfortunate incidences will soon be a thing of the past.
Represented at the occasion by the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, the President said Nigerians have become divided on the grounds of unconfirmed suspicions.
“My Lord Bishops, due to circumstances we found ourselves, suspicion, especially on religious grounds has almost destroyed the fabrics of our unity and love that bind us together. Similarly, the country has been faced with several security challenges in recent past.
“There has been a lot of negative propaganda on the plan to Islamise Nigerain by this administration, without verifiable facts. Issues and actions of government pointed at as sign post for such plans include the following four important issues:
“Membership of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC): The Sharia, Boko Haram insurgency and Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes.
“Historical and existing facts however fail to support their claims because some of these issues developed before the return to democracy in 1999 while others have been reoccurring understand every administration since 1999.”
PMB further strived to set the record straight saying Nigeria’s membership of OIC dates back to 1969 when the then government secured true observer status.
The President also appealed to religious leaders to help in halting the extent to which politicians are trying to use religion and ethnic sentiments to cause division via propagation of hate speeches.
“The government came into power offering security as one of the core promises to the people. More than any other previous administration, the fight against religious fundamentalism and insurgency has been backed up by political will and military action.
“Fundamentalists activities have been drastically curtailed and those found culpable have been brought before the Law Court. Similarly, the fight against Boko Haram insurgency is achieving the deserved victory while efforts are on to address other socio-political issues.”
Earlier, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has urged Catholic Bishops of Nigeria to help in preaching peaceful coexistence and tolerance using Sokoto being the heart of Islam in Nigeria as a good example.