By Salisu Sani-Idris
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), to do more toward eradicating religious extremism and intolerance in the country.
He stressed that the power and appeal of religion must be used constantly and only for peace building and promotion of unity among the people.
Represented by Senate President Ahmed Lawal, Buhari said that the Federal Government was committed to entrenching sustainable peace as it intensifies the fight against insurgency, extremism and all forms of intolerance.
The Nigerian leader used the occasion to thank the NSCIA for its tireless efforts to safeguard “God- given liberties”, urging the body to adopt stringent measures to rid Nigeria of religious extremism.
“As Muslims, let us continue to prove through words and actions that Islam is indeed the religion of peace as enshrined in the glorious Qur’an.
“This can only be achieved if we remain united and focused as citizens of this great country.
“This, I believe, is the natural objective of religion – worship God and serve humanity.
“On this note, I am making a clarion call to our various religious communities and organisations to pursue peace and national unity.
“I am making this call because the simple solution to our challenges in the area of ethnic and religious intolerance, which sometimes boil over and manifest into conflict, lie with you.”
Other dignitaries at the special prayers were the Minister of State, Science and Technology, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, FCT minister Muhammad Bello, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, among others.