President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday debunked speculations in some quarters that he is promoting one religion at the expense of others, insisting that he has no hidden religious agenda.
Buhari, who spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja while receiving a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Peace Initiative, Nigeria, APPIN, led by Bishop John Abu Richard, disclosed that all through his public life, he had never deviated from his oath of office.
The APPIN told their host that those accusing his government of having Islamisation agenda were the opposition elements trying to destabilise the government. They maintained that the President has shown good leadership in restoring the nation’s economy, tackling insecurity challenges and revolutinarise the agricultural sector.
They said, “We believe that Mr. President has no lslamization agenda in Nigeria, because if he cannot do it as Military Head of State with a Muslim Deputy Head of State, how can it be done under Democratic government.
“This is just an opposition propaganda, about the killings around the Country, we observed that it is not only Christian that are the victims, both Muslims and Christians are affected, and the Government is doing everything possible to solve the problem.
“What we need to do is to come together as a people to support our government in order to bring to an end to this circle of violence and we assure Your Excellency that we will co-operate in exposing any information that will be available to us as regards the perpetrators.”
Meanwhile, the President, in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina called on religious leaders to work towards the broader goal of building a strong and unified nation.
He also enjoined religious leaders to avoid insinuations that could divide the populace, especially along religious lines.
According to Buhari, “Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias.
“Let me assure you, honourable clergymen that this is far from the truth. In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office.
“When I had the honour to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council.
“This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias. The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities.’’