By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has decried the rising wave of religious crises in the country, describing the perpetrators as pagans in Christianity and Islam.
He stated this, weekend, at the grand finale of activities marking the 50th anniversary of Saint Murumba College, Jos, Plateau State noting that both religions preach high morals, love and peace which every true adherent should obey.
He said no sincere Christian or Muslim would, therefore, kill or maim other religious adherents in clear violation of the sanctity of human life which both religions hold dear. He stressed, â€œAny person who kills another person is an animal. No religion teaches violence so let us tolerate each other.â€
The governor, who is an old student of the college, challenged adherents of both religions to close ranks and work together to flush out those giving religions bad names through acts of intolerance which result in religious crises.
He expressed concern over the recurring religious crises in Jos and other places which he said were clear violations of the teachings of the two religions promising to wipe out religious extremism in Bauchi State.
He said his time at the school exposed him to Christian doctrines despite being a Muslim adding that based on his experience he could vow that no Catholic or Christian would stand up to kill or maim in the name of religion.
Yuguda urged students of the school to continue to exhibit the high moral qualities and the spirit of hard work and excellence which have been the hallmark of products of the school wherever they found themselves.
He congratulated the 2009 set of the college whose graduation coincided with the 50th anniversary describing them as a unique set and urged the alumni association to call a meeting to discuss how former students could assist to improve facilities in the school.
The week-long celebration was rounded off with a dinner/award night for distinguished ambassadors of the school Saturday night.