End social vices, Aliyu charges religious leaders

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.

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