A youth group, Harmony Youth Movement has said it is alarmed and disheartened by the brewing efforts of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to incite inter and intra-religious conflicts in Kwara state.
According to a statement signed by the group, Continuing in the state governor’s fashion of forcing endorsement out of people, institutions and non-partisan bodies, a fake endorsement was issued for his reelection on behalf of the Kwara chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as against the wishes of revered religious leaders in the Christian body.
“In an effort to restore the sanctity of the religious body that is being led to descend into the arena of politics as against its mandate to propagate causes that advance the interest of christians and pursuing the unity of her brethren with the people of other faith, the Archbishop of Kwara province, Most Rev’d Israel Afolabi Amoo issued a statement clarifying that no such endorsement of the candidacy of the state governor happened by the Christian leaders as against what was reported by the state government.”
“In a rather appalling display of lack of regard for religious institutions and leaders, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq tasked his media aides to dishonour and bring to disrepute the image of the Christians and Christian leaders in Kwara state by referring to them as impostors and leading a charge of mockery against them across the media space.
“We therefore condemn this effort at stoking up religious divisions and making inciting remarks capable of causing religious conflicts in Kwara state again as was done during the early days of this administration when Christians and Muslims were forced to take up arms against each other due to the insensitivity of the state governor in handling matters bothering on religion in Kwara state.” the group added.