President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja made a statement that his administration doesn’t have any hidden religious agenda. Buhari also summons on religious leaders to work towards building a strong nation that lives in harmony and avoid insinuations that could divide the country, especially along religious lines.
Speaking while welcoming the delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria that was led by Bishop John Abu Richard, Buhari said religious leaders are responsible for creating a conducive environment for peace and development to thrive.
According to Vanguard Newspaper, President Buhari in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said,
“Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias.
Let me assure you, honourable clergymen that this is far from the truth. In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office.
When I had the honour to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council.
This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias. The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities.”
He said he was very happy at the proposition to organize a one-day prayer and fasting meeting for Nigeria, April 26, 2018, assuring that he would direct the IG of Police to provide sufficient security for the gathering.
President Muhammadu Buhari also celebrated Sierra Leone’s opposition candidate, Mr. Julius Bio on his appointment as the new Sierra Leone President, after the presidential election run-off on March 31.
President Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement that was issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina in Abuja today.
He congratulated the people of Sierra Leone on the successful conduct of the presidential election run-off, as well as the parliamentary and local council elections, that was held on March 7.