Osinbajo extols interfaith collaboration in Kuje
The cooperation and collaboration among people of different ethnic groups and faiths in Kuje, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is a model for the rest of the country, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Osinbajo stated this yesterday when he received a delegation from the Kuje Interfaith Community at the Presidential Villa led by the Senior Pastor of the Kings Palace Church International, Rev. Sam Ogbodo.
During the meeting, the VP received a presentation on the challenges facing people of the area, including issues of health, education, sanitation and infrastructure.
Visibly impressed, he said “one of the major issues that our country has to face is unity of our people – unity of the ethnic groups and unity of the faiths also, so that we are able to make real progress in the various respects that out country needs to make progress.”
Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo said “one of the fault lines that we have is religious divisions and the tensions that are created when religious leaders do not act responsibly enough in bringing together men and women of different faith.
“I am excited about what you are doing. The interfaith community in Kuje is not just a model for this zone, but a model for the country.”
Commending the leader of the delegation, and founder of the Kings Palace Church International, Rev Sam Ogbodo, for uniting the people in the area, he said “you have identified the social and economic issues that concern the people.”
“And I think it is so heartwarming to note how you have seen that as a primary objective, and how you are doing everything that you can to make sure that we focus on what is important for the people.”
Speaking further, the Vice President said “everyone has a right to their faith; constitutionally, there is freedom of worship, but it is leadership that must deliver on the most important thing; government must deliver on services, development issues.
“Development and civic leaders like yourself must bring this to the attention of government, as you are doing, and must champion these causes on behalf of the people. And I think that this is a real model for the rest of the country to follow.”
The Vice President noted that some of the issues raised by the delegation are already being addressed, but emphasized the need for constant engagement between the people and relevant authorities.
He said: “what might be important is continuous engagement; your being able to reach out to the authorities to know exactly what is going on so that people can be informed properly and timeously about the issues.”
Earlier in his presentation, Rev. Ogbodo commended the efforts of the Vice President in championing the cause of poor Nigerians, especially in the implementation of government and non-government programmes and policies.
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