Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday denied all allegations of religious bigotry made against him.

The Nigerian leader said he had shown no favour to any religion nor had he run afoul of his oath of office since he took it.

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Buhari said this when a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria visited him. The group was led by Bishop John Abu Richard.

The president declared that the allegation that he was favouring one religion over the other was far from the truth.

President Buhari with CAN delegate (file image courtesy presidency)

He said “Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons, are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias.

“Let me assure you, honourable clergymen that this is far from the truth. In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office.

“When I had the honour to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council.

“This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias. The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities,’’ Buhari said, according to a statement issued by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.