Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, has asked political and religious leaders to desist from making any comment capable of causing division in the country.
Mohammed made the call while speaking on a radio programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to the minister, the country’s security challenges are surmountable, noting that citizens of the country have lived together for years and have devised means to resolve their differences.
He urged Nigerians to resist any agenda designed to cause division and instability in the country.
He said: “We are calling on all Nigerians to resist any agenda by anybody to threaten the unity and peaceful coexistence in the country,” he said.
“We have always lived together peacefully for long as Hausas, Yorubas, Ibos, Fulanis and so on, and we have always resolved our differences amicably.
“So, l want to urge our political and religious leaders particularly to be careful about what they say.
“We should be doing things that could help address the security challenges that we have, not making statements capable of worsening the situation.”
Mohammed also warned against portraying the herders-farmers clashes in parts of the country as an attempt by one ethnic group to subjugate the other.
The minister said there is a need for communities to go back to the old ways of settling disputes between herders and farmers for peace to reign.
He stated that the Federal Government is committed to the protection of all citizens and will not side with any particular people against the other.