Niger State’s governor, Umar Bago, has guaranteed the public that all religions will be treated equally and fairly in legal matters.
The governor made the remarks at the St. Michael Catholic Cathedral Church in Kontagora, where he was congratulating Most Rev. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, the Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese and the chairman of the Niger State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on the occasion of his silver jubilee as a priest and the launch of his book.
Bago, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Aisha Wakaso, stated, “I recognize the importance of religious harmony and the need to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals belonging to different religious beliefs.
In the words of the governor, “I reaffirm our unwavering commitment to justice, fairness, and equity in treating all faiths within the state.”
As he put it, “Niger State is home to a diverse population comprising people of various religious backgrounds, including Christianity, Islam, and traditional African religions.”
Bago praised the cleric as a remarkable leader who cares deeply for his community’s spiritual well-being.
The governor, speaking at the book launch for “Bishop Bulus Yohanna: A Man on a Mission Beyond Mantles,” praised the author for his “wisdom, knowledge, and profound insights into matters of faith and spirituality.”
The governor praised Bishop Yohanna, the chairman of the state CAN, and all of Christendom in the state, saying that their efforts to promote religious tolerance and nurture togetherness had been essential.
At the Mass, the Very Reverend John Popoola gave the homily. Bishop Martins Uzokwu and his auxiliary Bishop Sylvester Gopep, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese, and Bishop Steven Dame of Yola Diocese are among the other clergy in attendance.