Ahead of the 2019 general elections, politicians have been cautioned against dividing Nigerians along the religious and ethnic lines.
The chairman of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, made the call in Kaduna.
Speaking at a lecture themed “Christian and Muslim Learning Together the Challenge and Opportunity for Religious Leadership Today”, he said Nigeria needed only God-fearing president and governors.
“I don’t want to talk about political parties here, but I disagree with those who left one party for another, what do they want, is it job they were looking for in one party that they cannot get and move to another party?.
“They should learn to work for the country than working for themselves. We don’t need Christian President, we don’t need Muslim President, but we need a President who is a Christian, we need a President who is Muslim, we need a president who has the fear of God and work for the betterment of the country,” Fearon said.
He also asked Nigerians to emulate the late Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello and the late former President Nnamdi Azikiwe on religious tolerance.
He stated: “I remember vividly how Sardauna and Azikiwe discussed Muslim population in the North and Christian population in the East, and the need to use such populations for the development of the country.
“Perhaps, out of enthusiasm Azikiwe told Sardauna, let us forget our differences and forge ahead, but Sardauna said no, we should not forget our differences, but we should rather understand our differences to move on as one united country.
“So, for Nigeria to get it right today, we must go back to the era of Sardauna/Azikiwe, where there was great deal of religious tolerance”.