BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Federal Government has on Friday warned Bishop Matthew Kukah to stop indulging in actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines.
The government which stated this while responding to a statement credited to Bishop Kukah to the effect that the difference between Boko Haram and the Federal Government was bomb, said that to attribute the actions of terrorists to an orchestrated and systematic plan to elevate one religion over the other or decimate adherents of a particular religion is not only unfortunate but divisive, incendiary and insensitive.
It therefore advised the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese to rather use his high ecclesiastical office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria.
These were contained in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who noted that the statement credited to Bishop Kukah, in which he compared the Federal Government with Boko Haram, is not only disingenuous, but also a great disservice to the men and women in uniform, who are daily battling Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to keep all Nigerians safe.
Mohammed reiterated the Federal Government’s position that the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists do not subscribe to any religion, irrespective of their pretense to such.
The Information Minister specifically said that the terrorists are driven by their primitive propensity to kill mindlessly and destroy without restrain, irrespective of their victims’ creed, gender or tribe.
He further said; ”To now attribute the actions of these mad bunch to an orchestrated and systematic plan to elevate one religion over the other or decimate adherents of a particular religion is not only unfortunate but divisive, incendiary and insensitive.”
Mohammed therefore appealed to religious leaders to be more circumspect in their comments, especially on religious issues, because of the deeply emotive nature of religion and the tendency for it to be exploited for political gains by naysayers.