Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) Gen Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with a forum of 500 pastors who presented him with a bible gift, The Sun reports
He had on Wednesday met with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)
According to the In the meeting with the pastors, Buhari said his government would protect all Nigerians irrespective of their religious leanings.
His words:“I would like to solemnly declare that in spite of what our detractors say, I am not a religious fanatic of any sort and I have never been. In all my life, I have never supported extremism of any kind, and nowhere in my record of service to this nation can this false toga political opponents have tried so hard to put on me, be substantiated. Indeed, it is very unfortunate and I feel extremely sad that I have to give this type of assurance.
“My background is in the army, and there is no doubt that the military is the most integrated pan-Nigerian institution. And even today, the military is one of the institutions that represents the pride of our nation’s possibilities in unity.
“Compatriots from every corner of this country come together, work and live together, entrust their lives to each other and integrate their families. It is a military where many of my dearest friends from all faith and parts of the country, lost their lives defending the unity of our nation. That was the military I served in, and in that military it was impossible to be a bigot.”
Leader of the Forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu, was quoted as saying: “The forum have realized that there is something inside General Buhari, you know when your destiny is meant to shine some people would be pulling you down but what God said it shall be, it shall definitely be. Today in this country south, west, east, north by the grace of God with the support of everyone, we are calling the whole Christians to come en mass as we are declaring total support for General Buhari.