Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
Boss Mustapha , the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) says the Federal Government would be decisive in applying the full weight of the law against those who masquerade under the disguisie of religion or any other pretence to perpetrate crimes.
Mustapha gave the warning Thursday at the 2018 first quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja.
According to him, “religion is an instrument for building national harmony and peaceful co-existence, and this government is committed to fairness to all, irrespective of their ethnic background or religious beliefs.”
The SGF lamented that extremism and religious intolerance are part of the challenges facing the country.
He called on religious and traditional leaders as “custodians of our tradition and moulders of public opinion, to help the government find solutions that will complement the on-going efforts of government. We urge you to speak up against actions and groups that threaten our peace and national unity”.
Mustapha emphasised that the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians is important, while lamenting that, “insurgency had threatened national security and territorial integrity.”
The SGF restated the resolve of the Federal Government to ensure that dialogue and peaceful approach were deployed to support the Military effort.