By; Amos Mathew, Kaduna.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has advised the people of the state and beyond to stop those using religion and ethnicity to cause disunity and confusion.
El-Rufai said his administration will continue to do all it can to ensure peace and purposeful integration as a collective resolution.
Addressing the State Council of Chiefs and Emirs in Kaduna at their quarterly meeting, el-Rufai explained that the rationale behind the Religious Bill is central to security, peace and allowing everybody to practice his or her faiths without any challenge.
The governor appealed to the traditional rulers to preach peace to their subjects for development adding that human life is sacred and government will do its best to protect lives and property.
“People are using religion and ethnicity to divide people to achieve political and several interests. We must work hard and ensure that forces of disunity and confusion fail, we must continue to stand up and nip in the bud all attempts to divide Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines. The human life is sacred and as a government we must do our best to protect lives and properties.
“The rationale behind the Religious Bill is central to security, peace and allowing everybody to practice his or her faith without any challenge. It has nothing to do with stopping anyone from his or faith but purely for security and peace of the state and nothing more than that.
“I have said it and will continue to preach it, we have more to gain with peace and nothing to gain with violence. This is our collective resolution and we will continue to ensure peace and purposeful integration. I am here to commend you and to urge you to continue on that path”, he added.
According to El-Rufai, “We are calling on the people to be on alert in order not to fall in their hands of people trying to divide the people along religion and ethnicity to cause problem. Those people trying to divide our people for their selfish interest should desist. If you are a Christian you must respect your fellow Muslim brother and if you are a Muslim you must respect your fellow Christian brother too. Violent will not take us nowhere in the state” el-Rufai said.
On his part,deputy chairman Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Chief of Kagoro, Ufuwai Bonet said they would continue to sustain peace in their domains.
“We thank the governor for this meeting .We will continue to preach peace to our people. We assure you of ourloyalty”, he stated.