The Federal Government has urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from stoking the embers of hatred and disunity, warning that resorting to scorched-earth rhetoric at this time could trigger unintended consequences.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said in a statement signed by his media aide Segun Adeyemi.
He said it is particularly graceless and impious for any religious leader to use the period of Christmas which is a season of peace to stoke the embers of hatred sectarian strife and national disunity.
He said while some religious leaders, being human, may not be able to disguise their national leadership preference, they should refrain from stigmatizing the leader they have never supported anyway, using well-worn and disproved allegations of nepotism or whatever.
The Minister said whatever challenges Nigeria may be going through at this moment can only be tackled when all leaders and indeed all Nigerians come together, not when some people arrogantly engage in name-calling and finger-pointing.