President Tinubu Urges Religious Leaders to Promote Unity and Avoid Criticism in Sermons

President Bola Tinubu has urged religious leaders to refrain from criticizing or disparaging the nation in their sermons, emphasizing their influential role in shaping public opinion and promoting unity. He made these remarks during a Ramadan Iftar with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House in Abuja.

President Tinubu emphasized his administration’s commitment to transforming Nigeria’s challenges into opportunities for prosperity. He asserted that no amount of terrorism can defeat the collective will of Nigerians, urging religious and traditional leaders to collaborate with the government to combat terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality.

In his plea, President Tinubu encouraged religious leaders to pray for the country and educate its children, emphasizing the importance of positive messages in sermons. He cautioned against condemning Nigeria, urging leaders to wait for the next election to effect change if dissatisfied with leadership.

Vice President Kashim Shettima echoed President Tinubu’s sentiments, highlighting the pivotal role of religious and traditional leaders in fostering peace and unity. He commended the President for his bold decisions, particularly in addressing long-standing issues like fuel subsidy, which has contributed to the nation’s economic recovery.

Representing the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, assured President Tinubu of traditional rulers’ unwavering support. He praised the government’s efforts in addressing rising food prices and security challenges, affirming their commitment to supporting the government’s vision for national development.

Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, representing the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), highlighted the significance of Ramadan as a period of reflection, empathy, and unity. He expressed optimism that the country would overcome its current security challenges and return to peace and stability.

Apostle Samson Fatokun, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), lauded President Tinubu for fostering a harmonious relationship between the State and the Church. He pledged continued support to the administration’s efforts in tackling kidnapping, banditry, and other criminal activities.

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