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Religious Leaders risk losing “public respect” if they involve in “partisan politics or political controversy” – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has called on religious leaders to not be involved “in partisan politics or political controversy” as they “risk losing their status and public respect”.

Buhari made this known while delivering his speech at the “Interfaith Conference on Religious Harmony in Nigeria: Towards the 2019 Elections” organized by the Interfaith Initiative for Peace (IIP).

The program was organised to address the growing mistrust and lack of tolerance for among the major religions in the country.

At the event were John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar IVArchbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, General Yakubu Gowon, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, among others.

The president said:

Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversy, otherwise they risk losing their status and public respect.

On their part, the traditional rulers, I’ll request that you encourage your subjects to come out and exercise their voting rights as responsible citizens.

To all of us politicians, I ask that we discharge our political responsibilities with integrity, bearing in mind that  we will one day give account to God Almighty.

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Photo Credit: @buharisallau


  1. Somborri's bae

    October 14, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Wait o, you did not make this comment when Mbaka was partisan towards you. You and this your one sided laws. Jisike. Na look we dey look you

  2. newbie

    October 14, 2018 at 1:14 am

    With a serving VP who is a senior RCCG pastor? Lemme just coman be going.

  3. tony

    October 14, 2018 at 5:44 am


  4. Jaspa

    October 14, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Buhari, dont worry yourself, without religeous leader in 2015 you wouldnt hav been there they convince there members to vote 4 you, that was how it hapened to jona, so it will soon hapen to you, can talk any thing na your mouth it will no safe u.

  5. Amina

    October 15, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    No sir, from bible days and jihad days, religious leaders are always in the mix of political stuff.

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