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Calling on God’s name many times yet killing, hurting innocent people is not a religion- Cardinal Onaiyekan

His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has said that shouting God’s name while killing people is not religion.

Onaiyekan, who spoke on Thursday, February 1, 2024, during the celebration of his 80th birthday and book presentation, said religion should be used to promote peace.

The cardinal said he is very happy that people keep talking about the need for peace in Nigeria, adding that the country cannot make progress without peace.

He further said that religion has a major role in promoting peace contrary to people’s opinion that it’s one of the causes of conflicts in Nigeria.

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“They even blame religion for our situation. But my position is that true religion must be about peace,” Onaiyekan said.

“Whatever you do, even if you shout the name of God a thousand times, and you are hurting your neighbour and killing the innocent, that is not religion,”

“If religion is presented in a way that is not peaceful, then it cannot succeed in bringing the peace we expect. Many talk religion but are talking war and conflict.”