A day to the commencement of political campaign activities ahead of the 2023 general elections, Sultan of Sokoto and leader of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar and the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Daniel Okoh, have called on religious leaders and other Nigerians to guard utterances that are capable of plunging the nation into crisis.
The duo who spoke at the third quarter meeting 2022 of the Nigeria Inter Religion Council (NIREC), held on Monday in Lagos said it was necessary for them to make the call, as ban on political campaigning will be lifted in a few days.
The event with the theme: “Working together for Justice and Peace” also attracted the presence of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In his address, Co Chairman of NIREC, Abubakar, said the role of religious leaders is to be just and fair to earn the trust of the people.
He urged Muslims and Christians in the country to come together to pursue peace and justice noting that they are inseparable.
Abubakar also pleaded with the Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU) to obey the court’s order by calling off the ongoing strike.
He urged both the government and ASUU to consider the future of Nigerian’s youths and resolved the issue in the interest of the youths.
Also speaking, the CAN president, Okoh who is also a Co-chairman of NIREC urged people to embrace peace, stop inciting ulterances, live in peaceful coexistence with one another, be accountable, elect leaders with capacities during the 2023 general elections, abhor tribal sentiments among others vices.
“As we prepare for another significant event in our country, the 2023 general election. It is important that we members guard our actions and utterances as leaders.