By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona

THE Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has urged Nigerians to shun every act capable of further polarizing the country, arguing that the nation stands to gain more living together, just as he vowed that the merger of religious education in our schools would fail.

The prelate while expressing deep concern over the discordant tunes and call for disintegration being championed by some youths across the country, warned of the consequences of another civil war.

According to him, the recent directive by the Arewa youths for the Igbos to leave the North on or before October 1, 2017, was unacceptable and capable of further deepening the schisms being experienced across the country.

He urged the federal government to do everything possible to find a lasting solution to the genuine agitations of the various ethnic groups in the country in order to give everyone a sense of belong-ing.

“This country needs to be more united now than ever before. We not want drum beats of war or hate speeches. We must not trade the unity of this country for selfish motives because we have much more binding us together than those that divide us.

I believe that several of the genuine agitations by the various ethnic groups can be looked into by the federal government with the intention of resolving them amicably without necessarily resorting to secession or bloodletting as some are currently advocating, “ he warned.

The Archbishop also urged all Nigerians to be vigilant and continue pray for peace in our nation and in our families.

In another release by the Director of Social Communications at the Lagos Archdiocese, Monsignor Gabriel Osu recalled that the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Martins, has alerted the nation of the move by the nation’s ministry of education to merge the study of Christian Religious Knowledge with Islamic education across schools in the country.

“Information reaching us has it that under the new arrangement which was developed by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Christian and Islamic Religious Studies, which are separately taught, will now be merged under a compulsory subject known as Religion and National Values (RNV).

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