The All Progressives Congress, APC, has warned religious leaders in the country to stop using religion as a tool to divide the people, especially in the name of politics.
In a statement in Jos, Plateau State on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the warning had become necessary following the “false messages” that were purportedly circulated claiming that adherents of a certain religion were being killed in a part of the country and their houses of worship burnt on Saturday, when nothing of such happened.
”After receiving the text message, we investigated and discovered that nothing of such happened today, Saturday, January 17, 2015”, it said
APC described as “liars from hell and agents of evil”, those who peddled such incendiary messages, reasoning that the purveyors of such false alarm “are capable of pitting adherents of the country’s two main religions against themselves and setting the country on fire”.
The opposition party challenged the security agencies to investigate, arrest and prosecute those who were behind “these serpentine messages, instead of chasing shadows and turning themselves into tools of partisanship in the hands of unscrupulous and shameless politicians”.
The party added, “Those who will use religion to divide the citizens for political reasons are not men of God, whether they are Christians or Muslims. They are agents of darkness and posterity will not be kind to them”.
APC said the same people had resorted to circulating, via SMS and e-mail, a fake list of the National Executive Committee of the party to support their satanic claim that the party was an Islamic Party.