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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