We Must Stop People Using Religion to Cause Disunity – Governor El-Rufai




are using religion and ethnicity to divide people to achieve
political and several interests. We must work hard and ensure
that forces of disunity and confusion fail, we must continue to
stand up and nip in the bud all attempts to divide Nigerians
along ethnic and religious lines.


Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday
said Nigerians must stop using religion and ethnicity to
cause disunity and confusion.
Addressing Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and Emirs in
Kaduna at their quarterly meeting, El-Rufa’i explained that
the rationale behind the Religious Bill is central to security,
peace and allowing everybody to practice his or her faith
without any challenge.
The Governor said his administration will continue to
ensure peace and purposeful integration as a collective
resolution.
El-Rufai appealed to traditional rulers to preach peace
among their subjects for development, adding that human
life is sacred and government will do its best to protect
lives and property.
According to him, “People are using religion and ethnicity
to divide people to achieve political and several interests.
We must work hard and ensure that forces of disunity and
confusion fail, we must continue to stand up and nip in the
bud all attempts to divide Nigerians along ethnic and
religious lines. The human life is sacred and as a
government we must do our best to protect lives and
properties”
El-Rufa’i added that, “The rationale behind the Religious Bill
is central to security, peace and allowing everybody to
practice his or her faiths without any challenge. It has
nothing to do with stopping anyone from his or faith but
purely for security and peace of the state and nothing more
than that I have said it and will continue to preach it, we
have more to gain with peace and nothing to gain with
violence.
This is our collective resolution and we will continue to
ensure peace and purposeful integration. I am here to
commend you and to urge you to continue on that path”.
“The proposed amendment of religious bill before the State
House of Assembly has nothing with stopping anybody
from practicing his or her religion, whether as a Christian or
a Muslim. We are calling on the people to be on alert in
order not to fail in their hands of people trying to divide the
people along religion and ethnicity to cause problem.
“Those people trying to divide our people for their selfish
interest should desist. If you are a Christian you must
respect your fellow Muslim brother and if you are a Muslim
you must respect your fellow Christian brothers too.
Violent will not take us nowhere in the state”. El-Rufai said.
On his part, Deputy Chairman Kaduna State Council of
Chiefs and Emir and Chief of Kagoro, Ufuwai Bonet said
they would continue to sustain peace in their domains. “We
thank the governor for this meeting. We will continue to
preach peace to our people. We assure you of our loyalty”.

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