- Fulani Christians have called on President Buhari to be wary of Arewa pastors
- The group said statements made by the leader of Arewa pastors could cause tension in the country
- Reverend Buba Aliyu, leader of the Fulani Christians, called on the president to ensure peace in the nation before implementing Ruga policy
The national leader of Fulani Christian Association of Nigeria (FULCAN), Reverend Buba Aliyu, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of Arewa pastors.
The Guardian reports that the religious leader on Wednesday, July 31, condemned a statement credited to Bishop Richard John who is the leader of Arewa pastors before the president.
Aliyu in a statement in Jos said this could cause problem between the president and religious group in the country.
He said: “It a difficult time for both Christians and Muslims in the country. We should work together as our brothers’ keepers and cooperate with the federal government to bring about lasting peace in the north and other parts of the country.
“This is not a period for anybody to cause bad blood between the governments and CAN leadership.”
He said both Christian Fulani and their Muslim brothers “have coexisted peacefully with their host communities in Plateau and Benue states for a long time, stressing that whatever was responsible for the recent disagreements and conflicts between them could be sorted out through dialogue.”
Aliyu also lent his opinion to the Ruga policy advising the government to handle it with caution as peace was important to national development.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, asked the federal government to respect the order of the court and release the leader of the Shiite Islamic group, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zazaky, from detention.
Onaiyekan called for the release of El-Zakzaky during a press conference on Tuesday, July 30, in Abuja to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his priesthood
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