President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to allow religion to divide the country.
The President also expressed the abiding determination of his administration to forge a strong, united nation from the diverse religious and ethnic communities in the country.
This is coming as the President yesterday said the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country was imperative and urgent to avert problems in the future.
He made the commitment not to allow Nigeria to be divided yesterday when he received the Tijjaniyya Muslim Religious Movement at the State House.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari lauded the prevalence of mutual understanding among the followers of the two major religions in the country, Islam and Christianity.
“It is generally said that differences divide people. We in Nigeria understand that there is no way a misunderstanding can cause division among us. We are one people,” he said.
He assured the leaders of the delegation, mostly Senegalese, that the Tijjaniyya religious order was not new to him or to Nigerians, citing specific communities around him who practised its ways.
He also commended members of the order for being orderly, peaceful and constructive.
“The requirements of our people, whatever religion they follow, and to whatever ethnic group they belong in Nigeria is the same.
‘‘They need security, education and participation in an inclusive economy. On this, we are being very fair to all Nigerians,” Buhari said.
He accepted the prayers of the religious group for his wellbeing and for the peace and progress in Nigeria, while also urging them to convey his best wishes to President Macky Sall of Senegal.
Buhari said: “I assure you that I am very close to your President. He addresses me as ‘Baba’’.
The Tijjaniyya delegation was led by Sheikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas, who is the son of one of the greatest Muslim religious leaders in West Africa, Sheikh Ibrahim Inyas.