The Presidency has come out to say that politicization of religion will not be tolerated in Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari’s government would never allow religious rascality in shape or form.
A recent statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu disclosed that the security agencies are doing their best to free the people held hostage by the Boko Haram insurgents and have them reunite with their families.
The Presidency was reacting to Christian Association of Nigeria saying FG has to do everything to rescue every Christian that has been captured by Boko Haram.
It read, “On its own part, the government has condemned some of the appalling acts of terror, especially following the festive period. Yet, to continue to see these happenings solely in religious terms – removed from social, economic and environmental factors – simplifies complexities that must be heeded.
“Not seeing them as they should be is exactly what the terrorists and groups wish: they want Nigerians to see their beliefs as a reason to turn against one another.
“On the contrary, Christians and Muslims alike are united in their opposition to Boko Haram and the hatred for decency that the infamous group stands for.
“Nigerians must continue to be united in ensuring that they do not subscribe to the terrorists’ message of division. Unfortunately, some leaders and politicians seek to make political capital from our religious differences.
”As we fight Boko Haram on the ground, so too must we tackle their beliefs: stability and unity in face of their hatred is itself a rejection of their worldview.
” This government shall never tolerate religious intolerance. We clearly and unambiguously restate our support for the freedom to practice whichever belief you wish. The politicisation of religion – as forbidden by the constitution – has no place in Nigeria.”
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