Nigeria Has No Official Religion – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that
Nigeria is a secular state, and its citizens are free to
hold on any religious belief.
The president made the declaration Sunday in Port
Harcourt, Rivers State, at the Catholic Bishops
Conference of Nigeria.
Buhari, represented by the Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, acknowledged the fact that the Catholic
Bishops Conferences were crucial, and commended
the Catholic Church for its humanitarian works in
the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the
North Eastern part of the country.
”The business of the state is to protect the lives,
livelihood and properties of all Nigerians
regardless of religion, ethnicity or political
affiliation. There shall be no state religion, and all
Nigerians are guaranteed freedom of worship,” the
president said, saying that his administration was
focused on the issues of security, the economy and
corruption.
According to him, the menace posed by Boko
Haram will soon be over, as the Federal
Government is winning the war.
He advised that the poor and vulnerable in the
society should be considered, as they constitute
two-thirds of the population, and advocated for
substantive investment in education, teachers’
training and entrepreneurial training, calling for
the diversification of the economy and investment
in infrastructure.
In his speech, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike
promised to maintain good relations with the
Catholic Church, saying that he would support
missionary schools and make them regain their lost
glory and prestige; “so that they can become
centres of educational excellence.
“As my government settles fully into the business
of governance, we hope to engage the church in all
the areas where our unique competence and moral
suasion are likely to bring about a faster realization
of the common good of the people.”

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