– Lai Mohammed says Leah Sharibu will not be abandoned by the federal government
– Mohammed, the information minister, describes Sharibu as a daughter to the country like every other citizen
– He preaches religious tolerance among the various people of the country
Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described Leah Sharibu, who was abducted with some others in Dapchi by the terrorist Boko Haram group, as a daughter to the country.
Mohammed said the federal government was still on Leah’s case.
“As for Leah Sharibu, our message to Nigerians is that they should appreciate that as far as we are concerned, any of our citizens, whether boy or girl, whether Muslim or Christian, is dear to us.
“We do not look at Leah Sharibu from the prism of religion, we look at her as a daughter of this country. We are doing our best to ensure the safe release of Leah Sharibu,” he said.
Mohammed also stressed the need for peaceful co-existence between Christian and Muslim faithful in order to engender peace and unity in the country.
Speaking in Oro, Kwara state, on Thursday, November 1, at the centenary celebration of the Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church, the minister said the massive socio-economic development that has been witnessed in the area over the years was largely due to the religious harmony in the town.
He said the lessons learnt from the 100 years of the existence of the Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church in his hometown are that of tolerance and peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims.
Alhaji Mohammed, who attended the centenary mass in the church, recalled that the premises of the worship centre was the venue, for three consecutive years, of his annual Ramadan lecture.
“Not only are we witnessing 100 years of Catholicism in Oro but actually we also witnessed 100 years of peaceful co-existence between Christianity and Islam and I think to me this is the most significant mark of this particular event.
“I think the lesson to learn is that no religion preaches violence, no religion preaches hatred, every religion preaches peace and we should all borrow a leaf from what is happening in this small town so that all Nigerians can live together in peace,” he said.