An Islamic cleric in Nasarawa State, Malam Ishaq Adudu, on Sunday, sued for peace and tolerance in the country, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations, despite agitation by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Adudu, who is the Chief Imam of Gidi Magoro, Lafia Mosque, made the call in an interview with newsmen in Lafia.
He said peace was a necessary requirement for the development of any nation, hence the need for agitators and other Nigerians to embrace peace and be law abiding at all times in the interest of development.
The cleric urged youths not to take the law into their hands but to report unlawful activities to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
Adudu also called on community and religious leaders to caution their people against acts capable of causing disunity in the country.
He said “as a religious leader, my role is to preach peace, unity and to advise other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
“No nation or society can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion. The security challenges facing some parts of the country has affected lives and the socio-economic development of the country negatively.
“Peace is non-negotiable, priceless and it is the necessary requirement for the development of every nation. Nigerians should not do anything that will jeopardise the existing peace we are all enjoying.”
The chief imam called on security agencies to work collectively toward ensuring peace and unity of the nation and urged citizens to feed security agencies with useful information that would expose
culprits of evil acts.
According to him, security is not the responsibility of government alone, hence the need for collective efforts.