The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has called on the federal government to check religious polarisation as well as destruction of lives and property in churches and communities by extremists and insurgents.
Onaiyekan made the call on Friday while delivering a sermon during the requiem mass in honour of the late Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Most Rev. (Dr) Athanasius Atule Usuh at the IBB Square in Makurdi.
The archbishop who said the war against corruption in the country should continue until the battle was won, stressed the need for the federal government to check the activities of the religious extremists so as to ensure a peaceful society.
He eulogised the late Bishop Usuh as an indomitable hero of faith whose legacy was a testimony of the gathering of Christians and non-Christians at the IBB Square to bid him farewell, adding that Nigeria needs mutual trust to be a united country.
Meanwhile, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom said Usuh’s lifestyle was worthy of emulation, emphasising that the late bishop gave a good account of himself when he served variously as the chairman of the State’s Football Association and the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.