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Former Chief of General Staff, Major General Oladipo Diya (rtd.) has described politics and religion as Siamese twins that could not be separated, maintaining that if they were disconnected, it would hinder national development.

He said this yesterday at the 70th anniversary and thanksgiving of the United Methodist Evangelical Church in Yaba, Lagos.

Diya, who is Father of the Cathedral, said religion and politics go hand-in-hand, stressing, however, that religion was more a matter of the heart.

His words: “If anything happens it is very unfortunate, religion has something to do with politics and we are happy because the constitution of our country does not segregate or discriminate at all.

“The politicians should be mindful of their language, they should not spoil the country for us, we have grown to love each other and we have grown to admire each other’s religion.”

Those who attended the event include Anthony Adefuye; Publisher of The Guardian, Lady Maiden Alex-Ibru and Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Omiyale Kayode.

Adefuye cautioned those manipulating religion to fulfill their political ambition to desist from doing so, saying some Pentecostal pastors were politicians in disguise.

Kayode urged Nigerians to support the government, as governments could not do it alone.

In his sermon titled: Double Honour, Dean of the Cathedral, Reverend O. A. Timothy, charged Nigerians to involve God while making important decisions in their lives.

Meanwhile, Presiding Bishop of Victory International Church (Worldwide), Bishop Taiwo Adelakun, has urged eligible voters to be concerned about the competence of candidates they wish to vote for in the 2019 general elections, rather than base their choice on ethnicity.

He gave the charge while addressing members during his 55th birthday service held at Rehoboth Cathedral in Ibadan at the weekend, noting that competent leaders bring faster development and progress.


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