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Sanwo-Olu charges religious, traditional leaders on peace, justice

September 27, 2022  4 min read

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Sultan Sa’ad urges Muslims and Christians to come together to pursue peace and justice as they are inseparable

L-R: Emeritus, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, His Eminence; Etsu of Nupe, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar; President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and co-chairman of NIREC, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Sultan of Sokoto and co-chairman of NIREC, His Eminence Muhammad Abubakar; representative of the SGF, the Permanent Secretary, Office of SGF (General Duties), Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri; Shehu of Borno, Alh. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi; Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and Chairman, CAN Lagos state chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite during the third quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) with the theme “working together for Justice and Peace”, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022
Picture above shows (middle the Sultan of Sokoto and co-chairman of NIREC, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar III; while from left are the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama; His Royal Highness Etsu Nupe, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar; President of CAN and co-chairman of NIREC, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh; and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. On the Sultan’s right are the representative of the SGF, the Permanent Secretary, Office of SGF (General Duties), Dr. Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri; Shehu of Borno, HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi; Emir of Kano, HRH Aminu Ado Bayero and Chairman, CAN Lagos State chapter, Bishop Stephen Adegbite during the 3rd quarter meeting of NIREC with the theme “Working Together For Justice and Peace”, at the Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged religious and traditional leaders to work together for unity, peace abd justice in Nigeria.

He gave the charge during the third quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religion Council (NIREC), with the theme: ”Working Together for Justice and Peace”, which was held at Victoria Island.

He said that promoting unity, peace, justice and tranquility in Nigeria would bring about a peaceful co-existence among the people.

“I believe with the case of NIREC that we have today and that we have seen consistently, this country will not be put to shame.

“I am hoping that the conversations, discussions and decisions at the NIREC meeting will further strengthen that thing that we all swore to; to ensure justice, peace and equity in this country.

“We are at a time this country needs all of us now more than ever before and so, we should not allow hate speech.

“We cannot afford ethnic bigotry. We cannot afford to be divided. We are going into elections; let us see the commitment and nationality in all of us,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that as a political leader, the only way not to fail the people was by ensuring good governance.

Speaking on the ongoing Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) strike and the union face-off with the Federal Government, Sanwo-Olu said that though none of the Lagos State-owned three universities were on strike, it was painful that students in other universities had been at home for seven months.

He appealed that ASUU should call off the strike and get the students back to school, as the academic union and the Federal Government should quickly resolve the lingering issue, in order not to compromise the future of the students.

Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said that the meeting was a call to national duty, to take an active part in renewing troubled communities.

Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Dr Maurice Mbaeri, charged people, especially religious leaders to work for justice, peace.

He urged all to ensure fair play, so as to create the needed change for Nigerians to always live in unity and harmony.

“I want to charge everyone of us to work for peace that will endure and outlast us, by creating functional structure for generations unborn.

“This structure must have the capacity to be proactive in responding to emerging issues, while reinforcing a longer and larger change processes. We cannot fold our hands when we see problems emerging,” the SGF said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sa’ad Abubakar, said that the role of religious leaders was to be just and fair to earn the trust of the people.

Abubakar, who is co-Chairman of NIREC, urged Muslims and Christians to come together to pursue peace and justice as they are inseparable.

He pleaded with ASUU to call off the ongoing strike, urging the Federal Government and academic union to find a common ground to resolve the conflict.

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Daniel Okoh, urged citizens to embrace peace, desist from hateful utterances, live in peaceful coexistence with one another.

Okoh, the co-chairman of NIREC, called on Nigerians to be accountable, elect leaders with capacities during the 2023 general elections and abhor tribal sentiments, among others vices.

In his speech, the Executive Secretary of NIREC, Mr Cornelius Omonokhua, said that the meeting was aimed at changing existing narratives to allow justice and peace to reign in Nigeria.

Omonokhua said that there was a need for mental re-engineering, change of values and attitudes, as well as radical emancipation to address the root of various calamities of national concerns.

Also speaking, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, called on religious leaders to continue to preach peace and unity to bring about development in the country. 

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