Vanguard (Lagos)

9 January 2013

Nigeria: 'Christian, Moslem Leaders Cause of Conflicts in Nigeria'

As the National Summit on Security Challenges jointly organised by Vanguard Media and the Nigeria Police entered the second day, some participants at the summit have blamed the incessant violent crises in Nigeria on the leaders of the two major religions in the country.

This assertion was made by Rev Joseph Hayab and Mallam Sani Shehu both from Kaduna State while discussing the first paper of the day titled "Religious and Ethnic Discord as a Threat to National Security," delivered by Prof. Sam Egwu.

Hayab and Shehu spoke separately of how leaders of the two major faiths of Christianity and Islam had blindly led their followers to conflicts.

The paper brought to light how trouble makers have successfully manipulated religious and ethnic divisions in the country to achieve their violent ambitions.

Discussion on the paper was largely focussed on breaking down ethnic brands and the promotion of national ideas.

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