In a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed through his special assistant on media and publicity, Segun Adeyemi, he said the statements by some religious leaders alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is planning to Islamise Nigeria were a campaign of calumny.
Mr. Mohammed’s statement was read at a town hall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State which is also being held across Nigeria since April, 2016 under the title ‘Federal Government Discuss’ as a means of bridging communication gap between government and Nigerians
“The alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current administration is totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny,” the statement said.
“There is no bigger threat to the peace and unity of our country today than religion-coated incendiary messages, which are being carelessly sent out by some religious, political and opinion leaders.
“The secular nature of Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable. It is also important to note that the underlying principle of religious conflict may not be purely religious, but more often than not coloured with political connotations as vividly depicted in the case of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
“Let me appeal to the media to desist from providing a platform for exponents of incendiary statements, those who will latch on to religion and ethnicity to divide us, and those who have no qualms about leveraging their privileged positions to give Nigeria a bad name in the international community”.
Written by Okolo Ezinne