The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, on Friday, urged religious leaders to use their God-given positions to help curb social vices among the youths in the country.
Aliyu gave the advice when Bishop John Richard, National Leaders of Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace, led a delegation on a courtesy call on her in Abuja.
The minister urged clergymen in the country to pray against insurgency and other vices bedevilling the nation, and said peace and the stability of Nigeria was not negotiable.
“It is easy for anybody or group to blame government for the insecurity challenges facing us as a nation.
“But I must tell you that as religious leaders, you have a greater role to play to curb the social vices among our youths that could lead to a full-blown terrorism.
“I say this with all sense of responsibility because the perpetrators of this crimes are members of one religious group or the other.
“In fact, they are either Christians or Muslims. Therefore, if you use your God-given positions to propagate the teachings of the Holy Books, it will go a long way in curbing the social vices.
“By so doing, we have solved over 50 per cent of our security challenges,”Aliyu said.
The minister said that recent cases of failure in young marriages and killings among young couples could be traced to lack of good parenting and moral upbringing.
Earlier, Richard commended the minister of state for what he described as “impactful transformation” in the FCT in less than a year of her appointment as minister.
The bishop told the minister that the group came from parts of the country to identity with her remarkable successes in the Federal Capital Territory.
He assured the minister of the group’s continual prayers for more successes, peace and development in the nation’s capital under her leadership.
The national leader also commended the minister for appointing both Muslims and Christians as political aides.
He solicited the appointments of the group’s members into the Christian Pilgrim Board of the territory, pointing out that the group supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“We assure you of the continuous mobilisation of our membership to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and his lieutenants
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ejike Obeta
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