A Civil Society Organisation, Save Nigeria Movement (SNM) has enjoined religious leaders to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and desist from making comments capable of discrediting efforts of the nation’s security agencies.
The CSO in a statement signed by its converner, Abel King and made available to news men on Tuesday in Abuja expressed concern over the conduct of some religious leaders who had been inflaming passions along religious lines aimed at breaching the peace in the country.
The group particularly frowned at a statement credited to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and signed by it’s Vice President (North) , which casted aspersions on the nation’s secret service for alerting Nigerians on the ploy by certain elements to create crisis using religious platforms ahead of 2023 politics.
The group maintained that such position was uncalled for, unnecessary, unfounded and most despicable as it was least expected of the apex organization representing the body of Christ.
It noted: “We can excuse individual religious leaders for holding their views, even if they do so with obvious reasons that threaten national security, but we can not excuse same when it becomes obvious that it’s an agenda for a certain group to cause civil disorder using established platforms such as CAN. I am afraid ladies and gentlemen, this is what CAN is doing at the moment.
“The body of Christ in Nigeria has never been muzzled. If there was any urge to do that, a lot of religious leaders would not be free today. we expect that religious leaders would use their platforms to preach and promote peace rather than inflame passions and discredit security agencies.”
The group enjoined CAN to immediately offer apologies to Nigerians over attempt by its vice president North to undermine the DSS just as it urged Nigerians to remain focused and determined to abide by the way of peace and unity at all times.