Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has warned political, religious and traditional leaders to avoid using divisive and inciting language in the interest of peace and unity of the state.
Lalong disclosed this at the second National Summit of the National Da’awal Council of Nigeria in Jos, yesterday.
This year’s summit of the Da’awal Coordination Council on Peaceful co-existence and nation-building focused on leadership and good governance, the bedrock of peaceful co-existence.
Lalong, who declared the event open, said poor leadership leads to conflict, security unrest, and poverty in any society.
He told the stakeholders to be sincere in their deliberations and discourse to find lasting solutions to current ailments in society.
The Sultan of Sokoto said he has no support for advocates of violence in the society, as such people are criminals who do not represent any religion.
“They do not represent Islam or Christianity. I charge security operatives to deal decisively with those criminal elements, whether they are adherents of Islam or Christianity, as they are just using religion to cover up and incite innocent and uninformed people to go violent in the name of religion,” he said.
The Sultan explained that plans were on to systematically end the Al-majority system in Nigeria, with the ongoing census of children and development of infrastructure, based on their integration.
Guest Speaker on the occasion, Prof. Garba Sha’Rubutu, had earlier called on the stakeholders to give a deadline for the abolition of Almajiri system in Nigeria.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, said the panacea for violent conflict in Nigeria is the revival of family values and return to true religion.
Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major-General Augustine Agundu and the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) 19 Northern Governors Forum, Yakubu Pam also canvassed mutual tolerance, peace, and unity.