by James Sambo
Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yemo, has said that inorder to move Nigeria forward, religious and political leaders must stop lip service religion.
The governor, while speaking in Kaduna, at a 2-day workshop on National Interfaith Dialogue on Religion and Peace-making in Northern Nigeria; organized by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Department of Political Affairs/Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office; called on the aforementioned leaders to imbibe the fear of God in them.
According to the Governor, the challenges faced by Nigerians is as a result of many deviating from the true teachings of the holy books (Bible & Quran) and that the only way to overcome these challenges is for people to go back and do according to what the holy book teaches.
Also speaking at the workshop, the Special Adviser of Peace to Gombe State Governor, Dr Hannatu Ibrahim, said that in Nigeria, religion has been used as a tool for mobilizing people and resources to fight battles to the extent that it has practically lost its instrumental value.
He added that, the deployment of religion as a convenient platform for political and ethnic expressions is on the increase, because people tend to look up to religious leaders as role-models.