Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned religious leaders across the country to stop using religion as a tool to divide the people along political lines.
The main opposition party in a statement issued in Jos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the warning became necessary following the alleged false messages being circulated via short message service to the effect that adherents of a certain religion were being killed in a part of the country and their houses of worship burnt.
“After receiving the text message, we investigated and discovered that nothing of such happened,” he said.
The party described as “liars from hell” and “agents of evil” those who are peddling such “incendiary messages”, because they (messages) were capable of pitting adherents of the country's two main religions against themselves and setting the country on fire.
Nigeria is mainly Christian and Muslim.
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The party challenged the security agencies to investigate, arrest and prosecute those who are behind these serpentine messages, instead of chasing shadows and turning themselves into tools of partisanship in the hands of unscrupulous and shameless politicians.
“Those who will use religion to divide the citizens for political reasons are not men of God, whether they are Christians or Muslims. They are agents of darkness and posterity will not be kind to them,” it said.
It said the same people have resorted to circulating short message service and e-mail, a fake list of the National Executive Committee of the party to support their satanic claim that the party is an “Islamic party.”
“Unfortunately for these evil people, Nigerians have resolved to repudiate those who have latched on to religion and ethnicity to divide them. They have rejected the characterization of a party that is chaired by a Christian as an Islamic Party, and they will punish, with their votes, those on whose behalf those lies are being peddled,” the party said.
It called on Nigerians to be very vigilant, especially in the run up to next month's general elections.
“Lies will be packaged as the truth and circulated to unsuspecting citizens,” APC said.