Don’t use religion for political ambition

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo diocese, Nigeria, has warned politicians not to use religion for political ambition.

In a report from CISA [Catholic Information Service for Africa] the bishop, speaking to journalists in the Nigerian Federal capital, Abuja, regretted that politicians were promoting religious differences for selfish interest.

“What I am afraid of now is the tendency of politicians to begin to stoke the fires of religious differences as a pillar of their agenda. Politicians are now saying that this person should not be there because he did this and he did that to Christianity; we do not need that,” The Nigerian Observer Newspaper quoted him as saying.

The bishop was at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Gwarinpa II Abuja, to solicit support to develop his diocese, promotion of inter- faith programmes, among others.

He said the signs ahead of the 2015 polls portend great danger going by the attitude of some politicians.

On Boko Haram insurgency, Bishop Badejo said that the sect’s onslaught has become ‘incomprehensible,’ stating that politicians should be held responsible for the increasing cases of insurgency in the country. He added that it was unfortunate that Nigeria nurtured the ground for the ‘explosion’ of Boko Haram insurgency.