Biafra agitation legitimate, but…says Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that agitation for
Biafra was legitimate, but campaigners should take appropriate channel
to ventilate their discontent.
Speaking at the Peace Conversation with religious leaders organized by
the National Orientation Agency (NOA), in Abuja, the Minister urged
religious leaders to serve as appealing voice to aggrieved people.
“At a time of agitations in some parts of the country by persons who
believe their interests have not been well catered for in the
Federation over the years, our religious leaders can serve as an
appealing voice to these aggrieved citizens,” he said.
The Minister said it is the duty of religious leaders to preach
undiluted messages of their faiths and making their followers see the
reasons Nigeria has to stay together as an indivisible entity.
He said: “You, our revered religious leaders, have a great role to
play in this respect. Top on the list of these roles is the need to
de-radicalize those who have been exposed to extremist and violent
view of religion, especially in the North-east.
“It is important for you, our religious leaders, to highlight the
pristine and unadulterated version of the two dominant religious
faith, Christianity and Islam, to remind all the adherents of both
faith that nowhere did any of them preach hatred and violence.
Stressing the necessity for peace to reign in the country, the
Minister said the level of destruction in the north-east region is
inexplicable for the government to allow another set of people to
plunge another part of the country into war.
“The kind of destruction and devastation that I saw in those areas
convinced me, more than ever, that the perpetrators are not adherents
of any religion but a bunch of mad people.
“Our religious leaders must make this point loud and clear for the
benefit of the gullible ones who may want to believe that those
perpetrating the heinous killings in the North-east subscribe to any
The Minister explained that with the effort of the Nigerian Military
to restore peace to the troubled region, it beholds on all and sundry
to join hands with the government to promote peace in the country.
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