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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja approached religious pioneers to work towards the more extensive objective of building a solid and unified country, and stay away from implications that could divide the people, particularly along religious lines. Getting a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria drove by Bishop John Abu Richard, President Buhari said religious pioneers have the obligation of making an empowering domain for peace and improvement to flourish.

“Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias. Let me assure you, honourable clergymen, that this is far from the truth. In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office. When I had the honor to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council,” he said.

“This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias. The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities,’’ the President said. President Buhari noted that he was delighted at the proposition to hold a one-day prayer and fasting meeting for the nation, April 26, 2018, assuring that he would direct the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for the gathering.

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