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Sanwo-Olu, others task religious leaders on prayers for peace

By Gbenga Salau
03 December 2021   |   3:03 am
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi; Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State, Bishop Stephen Adegbite

Governor Sanwo-olu. Photo/FACEBOOK/ jidesanwooluofficial

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi; Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State, Bishop Stephen Adegbite and Chief Missioner, Ansar-Ur-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdrahman Olanrewaju Ahmad, yesterday, implored Nigerians, especially religious leaders, to work and pray for peace in Nigeria.

They said peaceful co-existence was critical to Nigeria’s continued progress and development.

Speaking at this year’s inter-faith parley organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs,” they said that criminality was on the increase, especially among the youths, which showed that moral values at homes and the society had been lost with religious leaders not emphasing on them.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and the commissioner, said religious leaders must work to ensure peaceful co-existence, religious harmony and tolerance among their faithful.

The governor said the issue of ethnic mistrust must be eradicated in the country, adding: “Let us pray fervently for peace and tranquillity in Nigeria as we approach electioneering year. More than ever before, Nigeria deserves prayers.”

Elegushi said the government expects a more robust relationship that must consolidate the gains of relative peace and harmonious co-existence in the state.

He said: “It is our hope that our religious leaders will continue to close ranks and check the excesses of exuberant preachers who find it convenient to create enmity among the people.”

MEANWHILE, plans by the state government to turn Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) to University of Science and Technology and Adeniran Ogunsanya and Michael Otedola Colleges of Education to Universities of Education are in top gear.

Sanwo-Olu stated this at the 2021 yearly governor’s lecture of Lagos State University (LASU) Alumni Association, themed: “Educational Leadership and Technology as Viable Options for Economic Recovery and Nationhood: The Experience of Lagos State.”

The governor said the state’s House of Assembly had amended the Acts establishing the two institutions to reflect the new status.

Earlier, Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by his Special Adviser on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, was received by LASU’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibironke Olatunji-Bello, and the management to unveil the Lagos State University Student’s Arcade Building.

The VC said the university’s alumni association had brought about growth and development of networks for mutual support, thanking the governor for finding her worthy to be appointed the ninth substantive VC.

Olatunji-Bello said the management would continue to align with the six-point strategic goals of the university to achieve the mandate of the institution, urging him to support in meeting the needs of the institution.

Also speaking, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, David Sumoni, and other speakers, thanked the management and alumni association for their efforts in making the institution the first destination of choice for people in Africa.

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