Religious Killings: Osinbajo Appeals For Calm, Vows To Hunt Perpetrators
Following the recent attacks on worship places in Borno and Benue states, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has said the Federal Government was working on arresting the situation and urged all Nigerians to be calm and remain focused on the teachings of their faith.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday at the inauguration of the Headquarters building and auditorium of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada, Lagos.
According to the Vice President, “It is not only a heinous sacrilege but high wickedness to kill persons in a place of worship. It is evident that the devil’s bigger agenda is to stoke up a religious conflict in Nigeria, one such as will make it impossible for anyone to preach the gospel or even for Muslims to worship in their mosques.”
The Vice President stressed that the federal government will not allow miscreants to stoke up a religious conflict by making it impossible for anyone to preach the gospel or even for Muslims to worship in their mosques.
On places where specific allegations have been made of valid applications to build churches have been refused, Osinbajo said: “The President has mandated that I take up those cases with the specific State and local authorities, the right to freedom of worship is also the right to build places of worship.”
“As I discussed these issues with the President and other ministers in the Security Council, it is evident to me and to many, that the devil’s bigger agenda is to stoke up a religious conflict in Nigeria, one that will make it impossible for anyone to preach the gospel or even for Muslims to worship in their mosques.
“While the security agencies continue to work relentlessly to hunt down the perpetrators of these evil acts and to bring a permanent end to all of the killings going on in the name of herdsmen, Boko Haram, or in any other name, we as a body of Christ must not lose focus,” Osinbajo said.