The Buhari administration believes that the crisis between farmers and herdsmen is not religious and ethnic induced.

They are desperate to sell that belief to Nigerians and the best way to do so is through religious organisations.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has now appealed to churches and others to use their platforms to change the general belief which he called a misconception.

Mohammed said the clashes were neither religious nor ethnic but resulted from the heightened contest for increasingly-scarce natural resources like land and water, due to demographic, environmental and other reasons.

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He made the appeal when he paid a Sallah visit to the Parish Priest of St Andrews Catholic Church, in his country home - Oro, near Ilorin, Kwara state.

More importantly, Mr Mohammed wants these religious leaders to use their platforms to propagate the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

"If a government comes in three years and able to revive, complete and make provision for abandoned infrastructure, it is only fair for the people to appreciate. 

"Admit that the government has responsibility to provide infrastructure, we also expect some degree of honesty from the people and community. 

"We want informed criticism of this administration and we believe that the Church is a better place because you control and influence many souls. 

"We are not asking anybody to do us an undue favour. 

"Where we have performed, people should appreciate and accept it and if they don’t want to, they should stop spreading false information about this government," he said.

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