- President Buhari on Thursday, January 28, met with the leadership of the NSCIA, led by Sultan of Sokoto
- At the meeting, the president spoke on the importance of religious freedom and ethnic tolerance
- The Nigerian leader noted that he never allows his religion to determine his administration's decisions and policies
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, January 28, warned that stoking ethnic and religious prejudices will jeopardise Nigeria's development.
The Nation reports the president stated this when he received in audience 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 Presidential Villa.
Legit.ng gathers that President Buhari said his decisions and policies of the federal government under his watch are not influenced by religious prejudice.
The president also pledged to be just and fair to all Nigerians, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity.
“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”.
In his address, Sultan Abubakar commended the president for the successes achieved so far in the northeast.
He, however, called on the government to deal decisively with the banditry that is raving the northwestern states of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and some parts of the north-central.
In other news, the apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has decried the exclusion of southeast military personnel in the recent service chiefs appointment by President Buhari.
The socio-cultural group made its stance known in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, and seen by Legit.ng.