- Yemi Osinbajo has debunked rumours making rounds that President Buhari is planing o Islamise Nigeria
- Osinbajo explained that the president is committed to ensuring there is religious freedom in the country
- According to the vice president, it’s unfortunate that the religion which is supposed to help all the citizens live in harmony has become source of division among them
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, March 26, dismissed rumours which claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government wanted to Islamise Nigeria.
Daily Sun reports that Osinbajo said the government will support anything that would promote religious freedom; as key to peaceful co-existence among its citizens.
According to Pastor Oluseyi Malomo, state house chaplain, who spoke on behalf of the vice president, during the 2019 Religious Liberty Partnership Consultation, in Abuja, the government will do everything possible to ensure there is religious freedom in the nation, no matter how hard it is.
Malomo said: “The commitment of this government is to ensure there is religious freedom in the nation, no matter how hard it is. We are committed to that cause and must do all that is possible to get that done.
“It’s unfortunate that the religion which is supposed to help all of us live in harmony has become source of division for us. We must collectively resist that and support those things, religious or otherwise, that strengthens our peaceful co-existence."
He added that the perception that policies and programmes of Buhari’s administration escalated religious crisis in some parts of Nigeria was wrong and should be corrected through mass advocacy in religious and social places.
Former chairman, Nigeria Human Right Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, who was the guest speaker, expressed worry that faith is being politicised in Nigeria.
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He said freedom of worship, which is one of the constitutional rights of an individual, is not easily ascertained in some parts of the country because most of the killings are politically and religiously motivated.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo, attended an interdenominational service of praise and thanksgiving at their hometown, Ikenne in Ogun state.
The service, held at Obafemi Awolowo Square, Ikenne, commenced with a praise and worship session with songs rendered by Buki Bekes while Osinbajo and Dolapo swayed harmoniously.
Addressing the congregation, Osinbajo said it was God’s mercy that made him and his crew come out unhurt from the crashed helicopter.
A helicopter carrying Yemi and his entourage had crashlanded in Kabba, Kogi, on February 2. The vice president rendered his favorite Yoruba song ‘Oke Oke la nlo’ and some other songs while the congregation sang along.
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