The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja warned the Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, not to indulge in “actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines.”
The government, however, advised him to use his “high ecclesiastical office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria.”
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, issued the warning in a statement by his Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi.
Adeyemi was reacting to a statement credited to Kukah in which he compared the Federal Government with Boko Haram.
The government said it was “not only disingenuous but also a great disservice to the men and women in uniform who are daily battling the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to keep all Nigerians safe.”
Mohammed reiterated the position of the Federal Government that the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists do not subscribe to any religion, irrespective of their pretense to such, but are driven by their primitive propensity to kill mindlessly and destroy without restraint, irrespective of their victims’ creed, gender or tribe.
”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 said.
The Minister 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.”