President Muhammadu Buhari says his actions are not guided by loyalty to any ethnicity, tribe or religion.
He warned some Nigerians whom he accused of stoking ethnic tensions to desist from doing so and embrace a united country.
Buhari’s warning followed the unlawful anti-Fulani crusade embarked upon by Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho and his supporters who accuse Fulani herdsmen and settlers of vandalism, kidnapping, rape and murder.
They say the “Fulani” criminals have been emboldened under Buhari whom they accuse of turning a blind eye to their crimes.
Also, Buhari’s critics accuse the president of making lopsided appointments. They say he put northerners in charge of critical sectors of Nigerian life while other tribes get little or are effectively marginalised.
But Buhari begged to differ.
“It is self-evident that if the country must work, we must continue to work together in spite of our ethnic, religious and political differences because Nigeria is our collective project,” the president said, dismissing notions that anyone can expel an ethnic group from any part of Nigeria.
“Accordingly, the federal government under my leadership does not and will not allow religious prejudice or partisanship to influence any of its decisions and policies.
“It is my solemn decision to be fair and just to all segments of society.
Buhari made the comments when the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, paid him a courtesy call on Thursday.
He praised the council for promoting inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria.