The Presidency has weighed in on the ‘prayer walk’ recently held by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over insecurity and recent killings in the nation.
“There is no place in Nigeria for those who politicize religion. This is the President’s message to both Muslim and Christian communities alike,” the Presidency noted.
The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said: “CAN is right to arouse popular consciousness to this duty to the state. The CAN peace walk originated from the “shocking, unacceptable death of Pastor Lawan Andimi at the hands of Boko Haram while he stressed that situations represent the peaceful right of all Nigerians to express their views on matters of religion, ethics, politics, and society.
Shehu further noted that the president could feel the pain of the church and the family of the deceased.
Shehu, stressed that the president believes, as does every member of his regime, both Christian and Muslim in the words of CAN’s placards: “All life is sacred.”
For that reason, he added that the president maintained that whether Christian or Muslim, all Nigerians, and their beliefs must be respected.
“The duty of all of us is to uphold the rights of others to worship according to their faith – and to respect the rights of each other to do so freely in the spirit of brotherhood and respect – and without interference,” he said, adding that the citizens must stop false claims that only serve to divide one community against the other.