How to tackle ter­ror­ism, by AL­GON boss

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Nigeria (AL­GON), Akuso Yusuf Dan­juma, has said that to tackle ter­ror­ism, Nige­ri­ans must de-em­pha­sise re­li­gion.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust in Kaduna, Dan­juma said Nige­ri­ans’ co-ex­is­tence should not be based on re­li­gion, not­ing that re­li­gion is a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with God.

“If you go to some coun­tries, no­body talks about re­li­gion; re­li­gion is a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with God and as such should not have any­thing to do with your neigh­bour. In the past, Chris­tians and Mus­lims co-ex­isted with­out any prob­lem but these virtues are no longer there and un­til we bring back our tra­di­tions and cul­ture, things will not get bet­ter,” he said.

He added: “If I am a Chris­tian, I should not force any­body to be­come a Chris­tian and vice versa. You must not be a Chris­tian be­fore you can do busi­ness or work with an­other per­son”.

While not­ing that se­cu­rity chal­lenge is not pe­cu­liar to one state, he urged Nige­ri­ans to work col­lec­tively as a team.

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