Religious tolerance: Centre scores Nigeria under Buhari's administration

Religious tolerance: Centre scores Nigeria under Buhari's administration

- The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has been ranked high by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency

- CESJET said the present has administration has created an enabling environment for Nigeria of all religion to thrive

- According to the centre, Nigeria is one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world

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The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) on Thursday, January 14, ranked the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration high on religious tolerance.

In a new report on the state of the nation released by the Centre and seen by, the present administration is said to have been quite tolerant of all religion, encourages freedom of speech and political association.

The executive secretary of CESJET, Isaac Ikpa, said that the level of religious tolerance in the country is unprecedented and an indication of the numerous efforts of the Buhari administration.

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Ikpa said:

"Our assessment also revealed that since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, there have been concerted efforts to rebuild trust amongst the country's major religious groups after decades of hostilities."

The centre also noted that the present administration has succeeded in creating an enabling environment for Nigerians of a different faith to co-exist. 

Speaking on the new report, Ikpa said that data from individuals, groups and associations in sectors critical to the research work also shows that freedom of speech and the political association has received a massive boost in recent time. 

Ikpa added:

"From our analysis, Nigerians have indeed expressed themselves feely since the advent of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. The bulk of the misgivings are hinged on unsubstantiated cases that were best pushed in the public space for mischief purposes."

He said that this has remained so despite the plot by disgruntled politicians and their foreign collaborators to undermine the current administration.  

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The report also assured that the country is on the path of greatness thanks to the unalloyed commitment of President Buhari in formulating and implementing policies that translate the hopes and aspirations of the ordinary Nigerians on the streets into tangible realities.

He said:

"We conclude that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari remains one of the most tolerant nations in the world."

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CISS) had cautioned lawmakers of the United Kingdom House of Lords against attaching religious to the security challenges faced by Nigeria.

The centre said such an act by the British lawmakers would be tantamount to harming humanity.

CISS also urged the UK parliamentarians to be guided in their assessment of Nigerian government dealing with criminal activities in the country.

In other news, President Buhari had called Nigerians across the world to be fair in the judgement and criticism of his administration.

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The president said it is important for all critics of his administration to always compare the situation of the country prior to 2015 when he resumed office before criticising his efforts.

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