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Sanwo-Olu promises freedom of religious practice in Lagos


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described Islam as a religion of peace stressing that citizens should embrace tolerance, with reference to the life of Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW).

The governor, who spoke during the opening ceremony of the 34th National Qu’ran recitation competition in Lagos assured that his administration would continue to protect the rights of the citizens to practice any religion of their choice without the fear of harassment or discrimination.

He noted that the competition will further enlighten all and sundry as well as exposing Muslim youths to the bright side of life as preached by Islam through the holy Qur’an.

Sanwo-Olu reminded all that now was the time Nigeria required more programmes such as the quranic recitation to re-channel the minds of the youths toward positive ventures.

He said: “As a nation engaged in the battle against extremism, this programme will, among other initiatives, promote true understanding of the religion of Islam and help make our young people less vulnerable to beliefs that are not consistent with the teachings of the religion.

“As you all know, Lagos State is a cosmopolitan State in which people of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural orientations have 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 in this State.

“Islam is a religion of peace; encouraging tolerance and harmonious coexistence among all people of different beliefs,” he said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar said: “Islam is a way of life. Whatever you want to do must be according to the Qu’ran. It is very important that our children must memorise and work with the Qu’ran. Whether as leaders or followers, we will not do bad things if we continue to work with the Qu’ran. A lot of Nigerians are good people, let us continue to be patience because patience is a virtue.”

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