The Speaker of Niger House of Assembly, Ahmed Marafa, has called on Islamic clerics to avoid sermons capable of inciting the public against constituted authorities.
Marafa made the call on Saturday when members of Imam Forum in the state visited him in Minna.
He said that hate sermons against government could create division in the state and stir disaffection for government from the citizenry.
The speaker said that religious clerics should be builders who support government to ensure peace and stability in the society.
He therefore charged the clerics to be good models whose conduct and utterance would bear hope for the people and government.
Marafa reiterated the state governmentâ€™s commitment to delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.
Chairman of the forum, Ibrahim Fari, had said that the visit was to commend the legislature for passing bills that would serve the best interest of the masses.
Fari assured that the forum would intensify prayers for the state and country, adding that only God could pull Nigeria out of its current challenges.
He said the forum had put measures in place to curb hate sermons capable of heating up the polity.
He appealed to the speaker to ensure accelerated action on the bill seeking to establish the State Bureau of Religious Affairs, considering its importance to people in the state.