The Federal Government says the alleged
Islamisation of Nigeria under the current
administration is totally false and should be
perceived in its entirety as a campaign of
The Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Monday
in Ilorin at the Federal Government Town
Hall meeting for the North Central zone.
He noted that in recent times, the media had
been increasingly awash with incendiary
statements designed to pitch the adherents of
the two prominent religions Christians and
Muslims against one another.
The minister said the secular nature of
Nigeria’s Constitution makes the issue of
religious dominance and impunity
“Such fallacies like the Islamisation of
Nigeria, the killing of Christians by Muslims,
the labeling of Nigeria as the most dangerous
place for Christians in the world can only
serve one purpose: trigger a religious war.
“Needless to say that no nation ever survives
a religious war,’’ he said.
The minister said those making the
allegations were using religion as tool to
demonise the government and divert
attention from the government’s anti-
He said that more often than not, conflicts
between Muslims and Christians were fuelled
by political motivations, ethnic differences,
extremism, intolerance and terrorism.
“Make no mistake about it, there have been
conflicts between adherents of the two major
religions in certain parts of the country.
“To now extrapolate from that to say Nigeria
is the most dangerous place for Christians in
the world is a disservice to Nigeria and an
He appealed to the media to desist from
providing a platform for exponents of
The minister also appealed to Christian and
Muslim leaders to emulate Catholic Cardinal
John Onaiyekan and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad
Abubakar who formed the Inter-faith
Initiative for Peace to promote inter-faith
Mohammed said the North-Central edition is
the eighth in the series of the Town Hall
Meetings, which started in Lagos on April 25,
He said the intention was to bridge the
communication gap between the government
and the people, carrying the people along in
the process of governance and also getting
the much-needed feedback from the
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports
that the Ministers of Health, Prof. Isaac
Adewole, Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
and Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu
attended the event .
Others are Ministers of State for Mines and
Steel, Bawa Bwari, Budget and National
Planting, Zainab Ahmed and Industry, Trade
and Investment, Aisha Abubakar.
The ministers gave accounts of their
stewardship and fielded questions from the
audience on critical national issues.