Nigeria Inter Religious Council, NIREC, Thursday called for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing innocent citizen under pretence of belonging to any group in the country.
In a statement at the end of its two-day meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State, the council condemned the recent security threat posed in the country by activities of the Boko Haram sect, insisting that shedding blood of fellow human being "is an abomination before God and clearly condemned by our faiths. It is also a crime against the laws of the nation. Any one found culpable should be charged under the criminal Code with murder."
The Council co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor maintained that the government should effectively tackled the menace of Boko Haram and other security problems confronting the country.
The statement by the Executive Secretary of the Council, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, commended the Senate for passing into law the Bill against same sex marriage, stating the practice "offends the moral sensibility of our people."
Urging the House of Reps to also pass the bill into law, NIREC urged the government not to succumb to pressure from any where to undermine the nation's values.
To curb anti social behaviour among Nigerian youths, it appealed to the Federal Ministry of Education to effect the directive of government mandating the teaching of Christian religious and Islamic studies in primary and post-primary schools in the country.
Commenting on the on-going strike embarked on by the Academic staff of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, the Council appealed to the lecturers to suspend their strike action to avoid unnecessary disruption of academic activities in schools, while urging the government to re-appraise the issues reached with the lecturers without delay.
It also condemned wave of corruption in all levels in the country, urging the government and Nigerians to team up to bring the menace under control.