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Nigeria: Northern Elders Urges Nigerians to Resist Religious Incitement

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With the alarm raised by the Department of State Security (DSS) over plans to incite violence that would breach peaceful coexistence.

The Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), has appealed to Nigerians to shun religious incitement that could cause crisis in the land.

The Director, Publicity and Advocacy of the Forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement made available to newsman in Abuja, noted that the Forum is concerned over disturbing comments with distinctly religious undertones which are causing anger and fear in the public domain.

He said, “The Forum’s concerns have been compounded by published warnings from the Department of State Security (DSS) over attempts to cause breaches in security and peaceful co-existence through incitement in many parts of the country.

“The Forum invites attention to multiple pressures and stresses under which Nigerians of all faith live. It will be cruel and tragic if communities are set up against each other in the names of their faiths.

“There are no threats to any religion under current circumstances that would justify action which will threaten peace and harmonious co-existence in this country. If there are indeed reasons that could be exploited to engineer religious conflicts, the Forum demands that governments deal decisively with them,” he said.

The Forum calls on Nigerians to be wary of mischief makers and subversives whose objectives could be to worsen the difficult circumstances under which Nigerians live today. Muslims and Christians have no reasons to fight each other.

As it was recalled that the Department of State Services (DSS) said it had uncovered plots by some forces to cause mayhem in Lagos, Kano, Oyo and other places in the name of religion.

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