The Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) has said a report linking the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, of an alleged plot to clamp down on Christian clerics critical of the government is untrue.
A section of the media had quoted Mustapha as giving the warning during the 3rd Quarterly meeting of NIREC which held in Abuja.
However, the NIREC, in a statement by its Executive Secretary, Prof Cornelius Omonokhua, in Abuja, quoted the co-chairmen of NIREC, Rev Samson Ayokunle, President of CAN, and Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, as describing the report as mere “propaganda” and “misguiding error” against the authorities.
“The write-up claims, among other frivolous things, that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation had indirectly declared war against the Nigerian pastors.
“We hereby state that in the just concluded 3rd quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, while declaring the meeting open, said that: ‘leaders that are fond of making statements that do not in any way bring succour and comfort to our people, but rather further deepening discord ought to be cautioned. For avoidance of doubt, the full video clip of his address can be accessed on NIREC YouTube channel,” the organisation said.