The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has cautioned Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, to stop indulging in actions that are capable of dividing the country.
Mohammed, who spoke on Friday, was reacting to allegations projected by Kukah that the federal government was using different methods to Islamize Nigeria.
The Catholic Bishop said there was no difference between the federal government and Boko Haram.
In a signed statement by the Media Aide to the Minister, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said that Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists do not subscribe to any religion, irrespective of their pretence to such “but are driven by their primitive propensity to kill mindlessly and destroy without restrain, irrespective of their victims’ creed, gender or tribe.”
He noted that Kukah's statement in which he compared the federal government with Boko Haram was not only disingenuous but also a great disservice to the men and women in uniform who are daily battling Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to keep all Nigerians safe.
The minister said: “To now attribute the actions of these mad bunch to an orchestrated and systematic plan to elevate one religion over the other or decimate adherents of a particular religion is not only unfortunate but divisive, incendiary and insensitive."
Mohammed, thus, appealed to religious leaders to be more circumspect in their comments, especially on religious issues, because of the deeply emotive nature of religion and the tendency for it to be exploited for political gains by naysayers.