Do Not Denigrate Nigeria in Your Sermons, Tinubu Appeals to Clerics

President Bola Tinubu has appealed to religious leaders to refrain from vilifying or denigrating the nation in their sermons urging them to instead pray for the nation.

He said this during the Ramadan Iftar with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House on Thursday, March 28 in Abuja.

This was made known in a statement on Thursday, by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale

He also emphasised the role of religious leaders in shaping public opinion and fostering a sense of unity among citizens, asking them to be more constructive in their criticism of those in elective positions.

Part of the statement reads: “Yesterday in Abuja, I attended the burial of the 17 soldiers killed in action at Okuama, Delta State. I saw their pregnant wives and little kids.

“The love of the nation is in your hands. Pray for our country. Educate our children. The sermons we preach to the members of our churches and mosques are important.

“Do not condemn your own nation. As a Yoruba man and as our fathers will say, ‘no matter how slippery the bottom of your child is, you must leave the beads there.’

“Leave the beads there. This is your country; do not condemn it in sermons, do not abuse the nation. Leadership is meant for changes.

“Yes, this leader is bad, fine. Wait until the next election to change him, but do not condemn your country. Do not curse Nigeria. This is a beautiful land.

“The President means well for the nation, and he has continued to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership.

“For many years, fuel subsidy was an albatross. The President took a bold decision from day one, and he hit the ground running. Now the economy is turning the corner,” the Vice-President said.

“You are not alone, Mr. President. The prices of food items and goods are gradually coming down. You are doing your best on security, and we cannot allow you to do it alone. We will join hands to support your vision to the betterment of our nation,” the Ooni said.

“I am happy to see representatives of Muslim and Christian communities in this room. I pray God Almighty blesses the President for him to do more to take the country to the Promised Land,” the Emir prayed.

“We are encouraged that your administration has shown great determination in tackling the challenges of kidnapping and banditry and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

“We shall continue to show our support to your administration so that you can execute your noble intention for the nation,” CAN General Secretary said.”

Source: X | DOlusegun