Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State said in Kaduna on Tuesday that Nigerians must stop those using religion and ethnicity to cause disunity and crisis in the country. The governor said this during a quarterly meeting with the Kaduna State Council of Chiefs and Emirs.
According to the governor, the aim behind the Religious Bill is central to security, peace and allowing everybody to practice his or her faith without any challenge. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to peace and stability in the state. El-Rufai urged the traditional leaders in the state to always preach peace to their subjects for development.
He added that human life was sacred and government will do its best to protect lives and property. He said using religion and ethnicity to divide people to achieve political and other interests must stop. “We must work hard and ensure that forces of disunity and confusion failed. We must continue to stand up and nip in the bud all attempts to divide Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines.
“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’’, he said. 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’’, he said.