Bishop urges Muslims to pray for nation, stakeholders to guard against hate utterances


The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Bishop Martin Uzoukwu, has urged his Muslims brothers to take advantage of the remaining day in the month of Ramadan to pray for God’s intervention in the nation’s affairs.

Uzoukwu also used the opportunity to call on stakeholders and development associations in the country, to always watch and guard their utterances.

The bishop made this plea in Minna on Saturday, while noting that the recent development of hate speeches was unfortunate.

According to him “God has reason for bringing us together; we should love one another, irrespective of our religious, ethnic and political differences.”

He advised that if concerted efforts were put in place in utilising the abandoned mineral resources in the country, Nigeria would be a force to be reckoned with in the world.

“We have all it takes to maintain our status as giant of Africa if we can sustain our hard-earned unity, he emphasised.

“We should always promote love and religious tolerance instead of saying things that would heat up the polity,” Uzoukwu cautioned.

He stressed the need for fervent prayers by Nigerians to strengthen the nation’s unity, just as he said every agitation for breakup would seize and God would intervene.