The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has on Wednesday, admonished, for the sake of national unity, that religious leaders should maintain neutrality during and after of 2019 General Elections.
The religious leader gave this advice during the 2nd General Assembly of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), with the theme, ‘‘General Elections and National Security: the Role of Interfaith Communities.”
Abubakar urged religious leaders not to let themselves be bought over by politicians, but instead they should do what they have been assigned by God to do, which is to preach the word of God.
” As religious leaders, we should be careful about what we say to our followers in churches and mosque bearing in mind that we will all one day stands before Allah and account for our deeds.
” We should never allow ourselves to be used by any political party or candidate. If you want to support any party or candidates do it personally,” Sultan said.
He admonished politicians to be responsive and uphold national interest by playing politics according to the rules and be ready for free, fair and credible elections.
In a paper titled, 2019 General Elections and National Security: the Role of Interfaith Communities, Prof. Sani Lugga, said Interfaith communities have a critical role to play in ensuring credible elections.
” Nigerian Muslim and Christian leaders at all levels must take up the challenges of seeing to religious peace, understanding and accommodation.
” This is the most important role that interfaith community in Nigeria can play towards the attainment of peaceful, free, fair and credible 2019 elections,” Lugga said.
Mr James Igwe, SAN, urged interfaith leaders to exercise restraint in putting to public domain, persuasively optimistic views in form of prophesies that declare who would win or lose the 2019 elections.
” Nigerians are yet to cast their votes, yet some religious leaders are seen as biasing the minds of voters and swaying votes from one candidate to the other.
” I urge interfaith leaders to use prophesies to promote peace and love as well as act in manners consistent with tolerance and harmony,” Igwe said. (NAN)
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