President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday affirmed that he will not allow religious prejudice and partisanship to influence the decision and policies of his government.
Buhari said this while hosting the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the State House.
Buhari, therefore, warned that stoking ethnic and religious prejudices will not augur well for the development of Nigeria as his administration will continue to create an enabling environment for religious freedom as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.
According to him: “The Federal Government will continue to promote religious freedom as it is a constitutional responsibility. I must thank the Muslim ummah for promoting inter-religious dialogue in the country. It is self-evident that if the country must work, we must continue to work together in spite of our ethnic, religious and political differences because Nigeria is our collective project.
“Accordingly, the Federal Government under my leadership does not and will not allow religious prejudice or partisanship to influence any of its decisions and policies. It is my solemn decision to be fair and just to all segments of society.”
He added that “The Federal Government has worked tirelessly to combat insecurity and other challenges that are confronting the country.
Security is a protracted problem but we are not relenting in our efforts. Not only are we equipping the military, we are also boosting their morale to perform their constitutional duties without undue interference. We are also encouraging locales to enhance their intelligence gathering and timely remitting to the security Agencies.
“I acknowledge that security is the first responsibility of Government but Government cannot do it alone. It requires stakeholders, such as yourselves. Therefore, I urge you to lend your support to the security agencies by providing information that may stem the tide of crimes and insecurity in the society.”