BY ebele orakpo
Worried by the spate of incessant crises in some parts of the country, especially the northern region, former Military Governor of old Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has called on religious, traditional and political leaders, to focus more attention and energy on resolving the crises and restoring lasting peace in the nation.
In a telephone chat with Vanguard, Umar described as senseless and divisive the attitude of some religious leaders who ask their congregations to cast their votes for only members of their religious group.
He said: “Nigeria is a secular state and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is neither based on the Koran nor the Bible though it recognises Islam, Christianity and other religions. So it is senseless because it is not possible for anyone to emerge without the other side supporting him or her.
“Nigeria is divided along religious lines and we call ourselves one nation with one destiny? How can we elect people on sectional lines?
“I will not hesitate to condemn those that are trying to divide the nation along religious lines.
“There is insecurity in every part of Nigeria but it is quite worrisome in Maiduguri, Jos and Bauchi.”
Why should Northern leaders not pay attention to issues of security in Jos, Maiduguri and Bauchi?”