Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has voiced worry about the country’s security situation, encouraging Nigerians to abandon religion and community beliefs, which have become weapons of manipulation and strife in society.
The minister stated this yesterday during the beginning of the National Policy Roundtable on the Network of Policy Makers to Support Reconciliation, Peace, and Security in Nigeria, where he was joined by other stakeholders.
According to Onyeama, Africans’ community culture is primarily reflected in their religious beliefs, which fosters solidarity, togetherness, and neighborliness.
“Unfortunately, religion and community life are portrayed as foundations that are anti-peace, anti-security, and anti-development,” he remarked.
He stated that Nigeria’s post-independence political history was littered with sad examples of violent conflict and acrimony that erupted as a result of the exploitation of religion and other identity markers like the ethnic market.
Dame Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, also spoke, emphasizing the importance of increasing women’s leadership positions in order to find a long-term solution to the country’s present challenges of violent conflict.
“All of the hoodlums we have, all of Boko Haram, all of the kidnappers, they all have moms,” she claimed.