- Lagos state has promised to protect resident's choice of religion
- According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, Lagos remained a cosmopolitan state where people of diverse religious live together
- Going further, he said Islam is a religion of peace; encouraging tolerance and harmonious coexistence
The Lagos state government says it will continue to protect the right of residents to practise the religion of their choices.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state said this on Friday at the 34th National Quranic Recitation Competition, organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, in collaboration with Muslim Community of Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu said that Lagos remained a cosmopolitan state where people of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural orientations had lived together in peace, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding for centuries.
”As a government, we will continue to protect the right of every citizen to practise every religion of their choice without fear of harassment or discrimination,” he said.
According to him, Islam is a religion of peace; encouraging tolerance and harmonious coexistence among all people of different beliefs.
The governor said that as the country engaged in the battle against extremism, the Quran recitation programme would, among other initiatives, promote a true understanding of the religion of Islam.
He said that the programme would help make young people less vulnerable to beliefs that were not consistent with the teachings of the religion.
”To underscore the importance of this, it was reported that the Holy Prophet Muhammed (PBoH), in his last sermon, emphasised that he was leaving behind for Muslims, two things that will continue to serve as a guide for them after his demise: the Quran and his personal examples,” Sanwo-Olu said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Lagos state government administration Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, through a social welfare intervention programme, is set to empower over 2000 Lagosians with grants.
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