Lai Mohammed Debunks Claims Govt is Arming Herdsmen to Kill Christians
The Federal Government on Monday dismissed allegations of a planned Islamisation of the country, warning religious leaders to desist from incendiary messages capable of causing religious war in the country.
Making government’s position known at a Town Hall meeting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said conflicts between Muslims and Christians were often fuelled by political motivation, ethnic differences and intolerance, The Nation writes.
“In recent times, the media has been increasingly awash with incendiary statements that seem designed to pitch the adherents of the two prominent religions in the country, Christians and Muslims against one another,” he said.
“Such fallacies like the Islamisation of Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims, the labelling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world can only serve one purpose: trigger a religious war. Needless to say that no nation ever survived a religious war.
“The alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current Administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny.
“The secular nature of Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable.”
Mohammed added that government considers it ludicrous the claim that the nation’s military was arming Fulani herdsmen to kill Christians, saying, “The Federal Government rejects this ludicrous and nonsensical accusation against the military and warns those behind it to desist forthwith.”
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