The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has challenged Christians to also have an agenda rather than operate under the fear of being islamised by Muslims in the country.
He said the Buhari led government does not have any intention to Islamise Nigeria, adding that Christians should embrace the principle and teachings of Christ that instruct us to love and preach to all nations including Muslims.
The SGF made this known in his keynote address at a two day peace summit organised by the Northern region of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) with the theme: ‘Sustainable Peace and Security in Northern Nigeria as a Panacea for Development’.
He said “where is our agenda as Christians, let’s have a Christian agenda that will promote love including loving the Muslims: we should go out and make disciples of all nations and stop operating under the siege mentality.
“I must correct the dummy being sold by some rumour mongers about the issue of Islamising Nigeria, nobody can.
On the current insecurity facing the country, Mustapha said the Federal Government remains committed in tackling the menace.
“I want the Church to know that nobody can kill the gospel; let’s continue to be our brothers’ keepers at all times and continue to preach peace”.
However the Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong in his opening address, said in the last one month government has concentrated efforts in establishing the vital nexus that will help in identifying the key roles in driving the peace process on the Plateau through diverse approach which will help to consolidate on the gains of peace made so far.
“Today we are further making a resolve to add value to the commitment of government in being part of the solution that will promote peaceful existence and religious harmony beyond Plateau”, he said.
“The theme of this summit is no doubt apt and draws to mind the essentially of peace and security as panacea for sustainable development beyond our state.
“We remain resolute in our commitment to building an enduring legacy of peace beyond Plateau and we shall not relent in exploring all avenues that will help us in the sustenance of peace and security.”
Speaking earlier in his welcome address, the Northern CAN chairman, Rev Yakubu Pam said “as Christian leaders we are expected to play critical roles in the development of our societies, States and countries”.
Our correspondent reports that the occasion was also attended by Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Sports Minster, Solomon Dalung, Deputy Governor, Adamawa State, Martins Babale amongst other guests.