The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on the federal Government of Nigeria to ensure the arrest and prosecution of people who preach and promote hate speeches in Nigeria.
The Sultan gave this advice at the opening of a two-Day conference organized by International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), an inter-governmental organization that promotes dialogue to build peace in conflict regions.
According to him, people who preach and promote hate speeches have brought friction between Christians and Muslims in the country.
The Sultan also stressed the need for both religions to report preachers of hate to the security agencies for proper investigation, adding that no external people could bring peace to the country.
He identified hate preaching as a major factor responsible for friction between Christians and Muslims, saying “while we pray for peace and dialogue, preachers of hate must be reported to the security agencies.
Therefore, we must work hard for peace and live in peace and harmony.” Abubakar III called on religious leaders and their followers to support the security agencies to deal with people who promote religious intolerance in Nigeria.
“We must tell ourselves the truth we must collaborate with authorities to deal with those who don’t want peace. When you keep quiet, it means you are supporting what other individuals are doing and the masses will suffer,“ he said.
Meanwhile, the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Osupo Ayokunle, said there was no better time for Nigerians to unite than now. He noted that there was no religion that encourages people to kill.