Osinbajo charges religious leaders to use faith to promote peace, unity

Osinbajo charges religious leaders to use faith to promote peace, unity

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has charged religious leaders to use faith to promote peace, ensure prosperity for the people as well as development of societies.

His spokesman, Laolu Akande, stated on Sunday, March 13, in Abuja that Osinbajo gave the charge when he received visiting Senegal-based Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniya Islamic Movement Worldwide, Sheikh Muhammadu Niass.

“We must use our faiths to promote peace and prosperity for our people; we need to work together; to ensure that our people benefit from religion.

“We tend to underestimate the importance of religion; in spite of the fact that it plays important role in the development of societies; in the spiritual and physical realms.

“There are many nations of the world that have benefitted from the impact of religion both spiritually and physically.

“We must, therefore, use religion in our countries and in Africa to help our people to live better lives.

“In other parts of the world, leaders of faith have used religion to better the lives of the people,’’ Osinbajo was quoted as saying.

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He stressed that in spite of differences, Africans must be able to sit together and dialogue; and avoid situations that create disunity.

With what is going on across the world, people of faith must continue to emphasise; that both major religions (Islam and Christianity) promote peace.

“We must allow our people to practice whatever religion they want to practice,’’ the vice-president charged.

Osinbajo praised the leader of the group, while commending the Tijjaniya Movement for its progressive ideals and compassion for the needs of the people.

The vice-president described President Muhammadu Buhari as a model of leadership that accommodated people of different religious backgrounds, citing his relationship with the president spanning more than seven years as a perfect example.

“President Buhari is a devout Muslim and I am a pastor; both of us have worked together for about seven years; we have not had issues.

“The president has shown great leadership; he has shown that he wants a country where people of different faiths live in harmony and with love for one another,’’ Osinbajo stressed.

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