By Daniel Tyokua
The minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has urged religious leaders in the country to use their positions to curb social vices bedevilling the youths.
Aliyu gave the charge when a delegation of National Leader of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace led by its National chairman, Bishop John Abu Richard, paid her a courtesy call in Abuja.
In a statement issued at the weekend by, the minister charged clergymen in the country to pray against insurgency and other vices, stressing that the peace and stability of Nigeria is not negotiable.
According to her, “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.
Earlier, the leader of the national chairman of National Leader of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace, Bishop John Abu Richard, commended the FCT Minister of State for what he described as “impactful transformation” embarked upon by her in less than a year of her appointment as minister.
Richard told the minister that the group came from various parts of the country to identity with her remarkable successes in the Federal Capital Territory, just as he assured the minister of the group’s continuous prayers for more successes, peace and development in the nation’s capital under her leadership.