President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against politicising religion, saying Christians and Muslims in Nigeria can flourish together.
Mr Buhari said this in an opinion article published by the News Agency of Nigeria.
The article earlier appeared on the UK-based Christian Times on Friday.
In the article, the president referenced a Biblical verse and argued that Christians and Muslims share the same root, although their believes differ.
Read the op-ed below:
In 1844, the Revd Samuel Ajayi Crowther returned home to Yoruba land (now part of modern-day Nigeria). Twenty years earlier, he had been kidnapped and sold to European slave traders who were bound for the Americas. He was freed by an abolitionist naval patrol, and received by the Church Missionary Society. There, he found his calling.
Crowther made his voyage home to establish the first Anglican mission in Yoruba land. He came with the first Bibles translated into Yoruba and Hausa languages. He opened dialogue and discussion with those of other faiths. And his mission was a success: Crowther later became the first African Anglican bishop in Africa.
Today, Nigeria has the largest Christian population on the continent. The messages and teachings of Christianity are part of the fabric of each person’s life.
Along with the millions of Christians in Nigeria today, I believe in peace, tolerance, and reconciliation; in the institution of the family, the sanctity of marriage, and the honour of fidelity; in hope, compassion, and divine revelation.