The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Kukah and other religious leaders on Sunday expressed concerns over the polarisation of the nation along religious and ethnic lines.
Kukah was among the religious leader who spoke at the Society of African Mission’s 166th anniversary thanksgiving in Lagos.
The clerics urged Nigerians to resist politicians with evil agendas in the 2023 general elections.
According to IsL source, SaharaReporters, divisions have continued to serve as clogs in the wheel of the nation’s quest for development and progress, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The theme of the event meant to sensitise Nigerians toward having credible 2023 general elections is “Conversation on the Role of Faith in Nation Building.”
Kukah tasked Nigerians with national cohesion to enable the country to have even development.
The bishop, who described the nation’s diversity as an asset, charged Nigerians to promote things that could heal existing social disharmony in order not to pass such to the younger generation.
According to him, the promotion of the country’s diversity, if well harnessed, can benefit everyone.
He said, “I still don’t understand how our religion has been turned into a weapon of social upheavals in our country without such happening in our neighbouring countries.
“As a people, we should reject the antics of politicians trying to use our faiths to keep us disunited for their selfish ends.
“There is nothing wrong with our religion, but what is wrong is our relationship with people of other faiths.
“Our people should learn to resist those politicians with the evil agenda by peaceful protest to change them from the old order for a better Nigerian society.”
Similarly, the Chief Imam of Mende Central Mosque, Maryland Lagos, Alhaji Habeeblan Awofeso, said Nigerians should learn to live in peace with one another anywhere they are in the country.
The cleric, who said he was a product of the Catholic missionary school, said by landmass, there is no part of the country designated by nature as Yoruba land or Igbo land; rather what we have is that some people have dominant residency in an area.