The Federal Government has urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity, warning that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger
unintended consequences.

In a statement issued by the Information and culture Minister Lai Mohammed, he said religious leaders have a responsibility to speak truth to
power, such truth must not come wrapped in anger, hatred, disunity and
religious disharmony.
He said it is particularly graceless and impious for any
religious leader to use the period of Christmas, which is a season of peace, to stoke the embers of hatred, sectarian strife and national disunity.
Lai mohammed noted thatCalling for a violent overthrow of a democratically-elected
government, no matter how disguised such a call is, and casting a particular religion as violent is not what any religious leader should engage in, and certainly not at season of peace. He added that instigating regime change outside the ballot box is not only unconstitutional but also an open call to anarchy, sayingwhile some religious leaders, being human, may not be able to
disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain
from stigmatizing the leader they have never supported anyway, using well-worn and disproved allegations of nepotism.
The Minister maintained that whatever challenges Nigeria may be going through at this moment can only be tackled when all leaders and indeed all
Nigerians come together, not when some people arrogantly engage in
name-calling and finger-pointing.

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