President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned religious violence in the country saying that those who kill in the name of religion cannot be said to be worshipping god.
President Jonathan made the observation in his remarks at a service organised to mark the 30th Episcopal Ordination and Celebration of the Elevation of Cardinal John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria, Pro-Cathedral, Area 3, Garki, Abuja.
The president described Cardinal Onaiyekan as a bridge builder and a true messenger of God expressing the confidence that one day the papal father will come from Nigeria.
He observed that most of the violence in society stem from people of questionable characters and called on the church to braze up to the responsibility of moulding people’s character.
The president said, “The Church, the government and the political actors have the same responsibilities and we believe that the Church is at the centre of society building.
“Some of the challenges we face today arise because of the character our people have.
“If the Church moulds the people especially starting from the children, Nigeria will be a better place,” he said.
He congratulated Cardinal Onaiyekan on his elevation, describing it is a significant achievement and honour for the clergyman and the nation.
He described the office of a cardinal in the Catholic Church as a position of great responsibility and service to humanity.