Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged Nigerians, especially Lagosians, to shun all forms of religious intolerance, which breeds hate and disunity.
The governor made the call on Wednesday in commemoration of the 2022 International Day for Tolerance themed, ‘The role of religion in democratic governance in Nigeria,’ held in Alausa, Ikeja.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Jaji, stated that the atmosphere of peace in the state will promote growth and development.
According to him, “The major religions teach positive virtues such as love, honesty, integrity, transparency, accountability, decency, and respect, etc. These virtues, if properly imbibed, will no doubt, impact positively on governance which will translate to improved welfare of the people.”
“It must, however, become a cause for concern when religion becomes a tool in the hand, of unscrupulous people to fan the embers of disunity and chaos in our society to achieve a selfish end. We have a duty to resist any attempt to cause confusion, promote hatred and intolerance.”
Similarly, the First Lady of Lagos State, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mojisola Fashola, charged political leaders to accommodate views that are considered to be contrary to their beliefs and socio-political leanings.
She also urged all stakeholders to learn to respect such opposing views.
In his remarks, the state Commissioner for Home Affairs, Olanrewaju Elegushi, said, “Our religious institutions have a great role to play in educating and enlightening the populace with regard to their civil responsibilities and obligations to national survival.”