Oyo has no room for religious crisis – Makinde’s assistant

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said there could never be a religious crisis in the state.

The Governor, who was represented by his Special Assistant for Interfaith Affairs, Rev. Zacheaus Ibikunle, said this during the Easter picnic hosted by the Olubadan Palace Chaplain, Rev. Olusoji Adediji, at Alarere Residence. of the monarch on Monday.

This was contained in a statement from Olubadan Palace.

Ibikunle reportedly said, “For the first time in the history of Oyo State, the Interfaith Bureau was established by Governor Seyi Makinde, and I became the pioneer officer in charge of demonstrating openness of the governor on religious matters.

“By the grace of Almighty God, I can say without fear of being contradicted that there can be no religious crisis in the state.

“The current administration of the state is passionately committed to its growth, progress and development in all facets of human endeavour, as evidenced by the various projects being implemented in the nooks and corners of the state and could not be bogged down by religious acrimony.

Oba Balogun, in his brief remark, rejoiced with the Christian community at this year’s Easter celebration and said that the coincidence of the annual fasting period of the two major religions was an important lesson on the unity of religions. and of God, who created heaven and earth. .

He said, “It is necessary for all adherents of different faiths to live and work harmoniously for the growth, progress and development of our country.

“It is indisputable that our God is one, no matter what names we give him, so why should we fight each other because of him if we are genuine and sincere in our profession of him?”

In his sermon, Reverend Amos Adediran said the myriad problems facing the country were caused by a lack of love while instructing leaders in all walks of life to embrace love as the only antidote to problems encountered as a nation.

He said: “The celebration of Easter that is being held is a demonstration of God’s greatest love for humanity and it is a burden on all of us, regardless of religion which is the only mode of worship to share this virtue of unconditional love for each other. a peaceful, prosperous and progressive society.

Program organizer and Palace Chaplain Reverend Adediji said the program was to rejoice with Kabiyesi being his first celebration of Easter on the throne and to pray for him for long life, good health and the wisdom as well as understanding with which to conduct the affairs of Ibadan.

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