The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has categorically refuted recent claims circulating on WhatsApp, alleging deliberate government actions aimed at undermining the Christian faith.
The message in question suggested that such actions were taking place during the ongoing stakeholder consultations on the proposed National Policy on Religion, a collaborative initiative between the Ministry and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
A statement released yesterday by the Chief Director at Ministry, Halima Saadia Yakubu, urged the public to disregard such misinformation.
The statement emphasised that the message contradicts the goal of the proposed policy, which aims to create an inclusive and tolerant religious environment for social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
The National Policy on Religion seeks to address the challenge of limited information on religious organisations in the country. During the week when stakeholder consultations commenced, several religious groups, including Christian organizations, requested registration with the Ministry.
This registration process, mandated by law, will also involve the Registrar General’s Department, with the Ministry committed to updating its database promptly in response to these requests.
The Ministry emphasised that the number of invitees to the consultations does not imply superiority in opinions on matters of policy and national development decisions.
Furthermore, it advised the public that regional stakeholder consultations serve as public forums without voting purposes.
The Ministry reaffirmed its dedication to fostering an inclusive and tolerant religious environment through transparent and collaborative processes