Don’t Smuggle Religion Into Politics, Atiku Warns Politicians

Channels Television  
Updated February 19, 2013

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged religious leaders to help the country by separating religion from politics.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The former Vice President said, had this been the case few years ago, the nation would have been spared the needless controversies and dissipation of energies that trailed the introduction of Sharia in some parts of the North.

In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, the former Vice President said though Muslims are free to practice Sharia in line with Islamic injunction, it was important for religious rulers to ensure that they do not give politicians the leverage to “smuggle religion into our politics.”

“The interests of our country will be better served if our religious rulers ensure that religion is taken away from politics and by our politicians not dragging politics into religion,” Mr Atiku said.

He has dismissed allegations that he wants one of his sons to become the Governor of Adamawa State.

According to the former Vice President, all his children are content to pursue professional lives in their various callings and that he had no business imposing his choices on them.

He said such allegation could only have come from idle minds and busybodies looking for cheap publicity or finding someone to blame for their political problems.