Buhari stressed that there was no credible fact to indicate that his administration was out to Islamise Nigeria.
The President spoke through the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) Boss Mustapha while meeting the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in Sokoto.
He noted with dismay that such negative propaganda and innuendos were being promoted by outsiders and finds narrative in the churches across the country. Mustapha blamed politicians for using religion as a tool to spread hate and division among the people. He said, “It is pertinent to note that due to circumstances we found ourselves as a nation, suspicion on religious grounds has almost destroyed the fabrics of unity and love that binds us.
“There has been a lot of negative propaganda being instigated by outsiders and finds narrative in the church that there is a plan to Islamise Nigeria without any credible fact.
“The issue of membership of Nigeria to Organisation of Islamic Conference, Shariah and farmers/herdsmen clashes had created a lot of suspicion in the minds of the people despite the fact that the problems had existed in the country for several decades.”
The President said both Christian and Muslim religious leaders had been victims of killings in some parts of the country. He said that the federal government was committed to securing the lives of the citizens.
“I assure all Nigerians that criminals would be fished out and dealt with. The federal government will continue to provide a safe society for everyone. “The fight against the Boko Haram insurgency is achieving the desired goal while efforts are being made to tackle myriad of challenges in the polity,” he stressed.
The president expressed optimism that Nigeria would rise again, despite the myriad of challenges bedevilling it.
He stressed the need for the church, especially Catholic bishops to rise up to the occasion and educate the people on the negative propaganda being spread by politicians in order to achieve their selfish aims.
“As you round off this conference, I urge you to go back to your various communities and preach a message of hope, reconciliation and peace,” he added.