Ahead of next year’s general elections, the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has sent a warning to politicians to desist from using religion to further widen the nation’s diversity.
He made this known while speaking on Monday during the inauguration of a committee established to organise an inter-religious conference in the state.
‘Politicians should not be making utterances that create division between the two religions that would make the differences between our tribes and ethnic nationalities become wider and wider and intolerable.’
He said all hunan beings were creations of God, insisting that whatever diversity that exists was intended by God.
‘If God had wished all of us to be in one religion or of a tribe, He would have done so but He decided to create us in diversity and since God, in His wisdom, had created us in diversity, it remained our duty to manage these diversities,’ he said.
He urged the members to organise a befitting inter religious conference in Kano with a view to developing a road map for the management of the nation’s diversity
The inter-religious committee has Muhammad Uthman and Peter Ogunmuyiwa as co-chair. Muhammad Garba will serve as secretary.
In a related development, as political parties move to begin campaigns for the 2023 poll on Wednesday (tomorrow), key stakeholders in the Nigerian project have given a stern warning to political parties to avoid violence during the exercise.
the Independent National Electoral Commission; the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III have given a stern warning to political parties to avoid violence during the exercise.
The development came amid rising insecurity in the country as politicians also step up efforts to protect themselves with the demand for bulletproof cars and security gadgets rising in recent months.
The Chairman of INEC, Mahmud Yakubu, pointed out that abusive and slanderous words could provoke violence during the campaigns.