Effective application of tenets of democracy will promote religious harmony and tackle insurgency and feeling of marginalisation, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said.
“Democratic governance can be used to effectively tackle problems of religious intolerance through the election of patriotic, selfless and people-oriented politicians into positions of authority” who in turn carry all sections of the society along in executing their mandates, the Governor said in Osogbo Monday.
Delivering a paper titled: “Religious tolerance and the challenges of democratic governance in Nigeria” at the Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State, Tambuwal said Nigeria can overcome the problem of religious intolerance if purveyors of violence and lawlessness are properly exposed and penalised by law enforcement agencies.
He said there is the need for the citizenry to be roactive in promoting good governance, fighting corruption and kicking against bad leadership within the limits of the law.
According to him, promotion of “sincere and open discussions”, to be championed by religious groups, leaders, security men and traditional rulers on areas of interests, agreements and disagreements will enhance unity and understanding.
“We need to specifically mount robust enlightenment campaign that would foster inter-faith understanding. The tremendous achievements recorded by the Nigeria inter-religious council need to be consolidated by finding more strategies that would promote its envisaged objectives.
“There’s the need to control the many factors that are impacting directly or indirectly on religious disharmony such as unemployment, poverty, inadequate security, depletion of cultural values and bad politicking,” the Governor added.
While noting that ethnic and religious harmony has been exemplary in the history of Nigeria, Tambuwal opined that disputes and conflicts witnessed over the years in Nigeria have been more or less caused by poor education among the people, many of who are hoodwinked by unpatriotic persons seeking power at all cost.