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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Please preach good about Buhari, he is not a bad man – Lai Mohammed begs churches

Please preach good about Buhari, he is not a bad man – Lai Mohammed begs churches

The Federal Government has appealed to churches and other religious
organisations to use their platforms to propagate the achievements of
the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made
the appeal at his country home, Oro, near Ilorin, Kwara, when he paid a
Sallah visit to the Parish Priest of St Andrews Catholic Church, Rev.
Fr. Joseph Awoyale.

He also urged the Churches to use their platform to correct the
misconception being circulated by naysayers that Farmers/Herdsmen were
religious and ethnic induced.

Mohammed said the clashes were neither religious nor ethnic but
resulted from the heightened contest for increasingly-scarce natural
resources like land and water, due to demographic, environmental and
other reasons.

The Minister said, “Without any form of contradiction, no
administration in the history of this country has achieved so much in so
little a time and with so little resources in the area of

“We want informed criticism of this administration and we believe
that the Church is a better place because you control and influence many

“We are not asking anybody to do us an undue favour.

“Where we have performed, people should appreciate and accept it and
if they don’t want to, they should stop spreading false information
about this government.

“Religious disharmony that is being propagated today by some
religious leaders is avoidable and adherents of the two major religions
do not have to be enemies.

“However, most of our detractors realising that they cannot fault us
on this never talk about the projects rather they are inventing fake
news to de-market the administration.

“Also, governors that have not performed will like to heap the blame on the Federal Government.

“But I challenge any of them to match what they have done in the area
of infrastructure compare to the Federal Government intervention
projects in the state.

“Be rest assured that this administration is committed to
infrastructural renewal of this country and we are leaving no stone

“The administration is working to undo the 20 years of damage by the previous governments.

“If a government comes in three years and able to revive, complete
and make provision for abandoned infrastructure, it is only fair for the
people to appreciate.

“Admit that the government has responsibility to provide
infrastructure, we also expect some degree of honesty from the people
and community.”

The minister stated further that the killings in some parts of the country were plotted in order to divide the two religions.

“Thank God the killings have now gone down drastically, thanks to the efforts of the security forces.

“Today, the rhetoric coming out of religious organisations are
divisive, incendiary and provocative. They are not healthy for peaceful
co-existence and should be stopped forthwith.

“Thank God that those who sought to give the clashes between farmers
and herders in Benue and Taraba, among others, a religious coloration
have failed. The clashes are neither religious nor ethnic.”

Responding, the parish priest, who said he is partly Muslim and
partly Christian by parentage, appreciated the minister for the visit.

He commended the Buhari administration for reconstructing the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road which he said was hitherto a death trap.

“We thank the administration for that and we hope and pray that they
will do more for us it term of roads. I must say to you that we need
those roads to be able to connect to villages and towns.

“I tell people that a performing administration does not need to
campaign. your programmes and achievements will campaign for you.

“Is it the N-POWER? A lot of people are benefitting from that, is it
the roads? many are benefitting. We will just continue to encourage you
to continue to work for a better Nigeria.”
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