OSOGBO – Nigerian Association for Christian Studies (NACS) has called on federal and state governments to desist from interfering in religious matter in order to protect the secularity of Nigerian state.
The body in a communique jointly signed by its President, Dr. Olusola Igbari and Secretary, Dr. Josephine Soboyejo in Ede, Osun State on Monday called for political structure that would articulate good relationship between all religions bodies in the country.
They opined that, Nigeria peace can only be achieved through conducive atmosphere for religious harmony, socio-economic development, and provision of physical infrastructure that will in turn promote industrial growth.
The communique further noted that, most conflicts in the country were man-made, geared towards ethnic cleansing through the combined efforts of the insurgents.
The body therefore appealed to political leaders in the country, to perform justifiable and equitable duties to all ethnic groups, as a result of the heterogeneous nature of the country.
The NACS however charged Christians in the country to develop interest in partisan politics and practice corporate religiousity for empowerment of members and contribute in policy making for good governance, peace and security.
The communique reads in parts: “That Buhari administration should heed to the outcry for justice by Nigerians, particularly the poor, women and children who have accused him of shielding the Herdsmen with his refusal to arrest and prosecute them.
“Restructuring is imminent, restructuring of the country will avert many conflicts experienced by Nigerians and ensure lasting peace for development, particularly in the area of security and economy, thereby achieving independent state for true federalism.
“That the youths should be empowered through subsidized education, job creation and be re-engineered to embrace peace and love.
“That by adopting the aforementioned propositions, the federal government and Nigeria will achieve justice, peace and security in the nation. That Nigeria will consequently create an atmosphere conducive for socioeconomic development, religious harmony, and provision of physical infrastructure that will in turn promote industrial growth. That all these will enhance making Nigeria a nation where peace and justice reign”.