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Makinde, Sanusi advocate religious harmony for Nigeria’s greatness

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, at the weekend, said Nigerians must imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence and religious harmony to enhance development in the country.

They spoke at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, during a visit by Sanusi, who now leads the Tijaniyya Islamic Sect of Nigeria, to the governor.

Makinde said that without peace, justice and harmonious living, development might elude the country.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted him as praising the former emir for being courageous to champion the course of peace, unity and harmonious existence at this critical time in the nation’s history.

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“In the South-West, we are so interconnected religious-wise that there is no family you won’t see a Muslim or a Christian.

“It, therefore, comes to nothing for any vested interest to want to divide us using religion.

“As you journey through the country preaching peace in your role as leader of the Tijanniya Islamic Sect, please endeavour to always impress it on the people to imbibe religious harmony,” the governor said.

Sanusi, in his speech, said he had taken it as a duty to do everything within his powers to preach peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

MEANWHILE, Makinde and the state’s House of Assembly Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, have urged calm over the bloodbath at Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Council of Oyo State.

Some bandits numbering about 50, had on Saturday night invaded the town around 11.00 p.m., killing no fewer than 20 people, burnt the palace of the paramount ruler of the town, the Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye, a filling station and many vehicles.

Makinde appealed to residents of the state to remain calm, assuring them that security operatives had taken control of the situation at town.

The governor gave the assurance in a message he posted on his Facebook wall yesterday.

On his part, Ogundoyin, who condemned the attack, expressing sadness over the incident, said: “I condemned this unfortunate attack and sympathise with the families who lost their loved ones and property. I also appreciate the security personnel, vigilantes, Amotekun Corps, our local hunters and brave men that rose in the middle of the night to combat the bandits and save the lives of our people.

“These murderers are not tired and it is our collective responsibility to protect our lives, women, children and communities from these evil-doers.”

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