FG Warns Religious Leaders to Mind Their Utterances

By Ogechi Okorie

Abuja (Precise Post) – in Nigeria has been warned to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity.

The gave the warning in a veiled reference to the of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, consequently warned that “resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger unintended consequences.”

Sunday PUNCH reports that Kukah had, in his 2020 Christmas message titled ‘A nation in search of vindication,’ accused the Muhammadu Buhari (retd), of .

Kukah had said, “Every honest Nigerian knows that there is no way any non-Northern Muslim could have done a fraction of what Buhari has done by his and gotten away with it.

“There would have been a military coup a long time ago or we would have been at war. The may have concluded that will do nothing and will live with these actions.

“He may be right and we, , cannot feel sorry that we have no pool of to draw from. However, God does not sleep. We can see from the inexplicable dilemma of his North.”

But the and Culture, Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Saturday, warned Kukah to desist from fanning the embers of disharmony.

He said, ‘‘While have a responsibility to speak truth to power, such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and religious disharmony.”

According to him, it would be “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.”

Mohammed added, ‘’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.”

‌The minister stressed that instigating outside the ballot box is not only unconstitutional but also an open call to anarchy.

He said while some , being human, may not be able to disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain from stigmatising the leader they have never supported anyway, using well-worn and disproved allegations of or whatever.

Meanwhile, the has condemned the Christmas Day by Kukah, describing it as a subtle call on the military to force Buhari out of power.

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