President Muhammadu Buhari has urged religious leaders to remain neutral in political controversies.

The President noted that religious leaders who involve themselves in partisan politics and political controversies are at risk of losing their public respect.

Buhari said this on Saturday at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace Conference.

This came as a result of roles religious leaders have played ahead of the 2019 general elections.

According to Channels Television, the president said;

“Having witnessed the roles our religious leaders have been playing so far, I appeal to them to eschew partisan politics and appeal to their respective members to read the manifestos of each political party, discuss and pray for God’s guidance before casting their votes.

“Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversies. Otherwise, they risk losing their status and public respect.

“On their part, traditional rulers are also requested to enlighten their subjects, encourage them to ask questions and seek clarifications before going out to vote. As your President, I will request that you encourage your subjects to come out and exercise their voting rights as responsible citizens,” he said.