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Nigeria to partner United States on quality education to tackle religious Intolerance

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President Muhammadu Buhari says citizens need quality education to tackle issues of religious intolerance in the country.

The President stated this in Nouakchott, Mauritania, while meeting with the United States Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Rashad Hussain.

President Buhari recounting his response to former President Donald Trump, when asked why he was killing Christians in Nigeria, recalled telling Trump that the issue in Nigeria was not religious, but criminal, and a usage of religion by some elements to further their economic, and political interests.

“It’s a problem Nigeria has been struggling with for a long time, and it is completely unnecessary,” President Buhari said.

“Some people use religion as sentiment, but with adequate education, people are seeing through it now. Majority of the people just want to practice their religion without problem, but some people cash in on religious misunderstanding for their own ends.

“When people are educated, they are able to discern when others want to use religion for certain ends. They do it mostly for material reasons.

“Also, when some people are incompetent, they bring in all sorts of excuses, including religion.”

Ambassador Hussain said the United States of America is interested in partnering with Nigeria in the areas of formal and non-formal education to promote religious harmony.

“There’s so much we can do together to promote peace, promote communal harmony. We love what you are doing, and we would be glad to assist as appropriate,” he said.

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