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Why Lagos commits to prevention of religious crisis – Abdul-Hakeem



The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Hon. Abdul-Lateef Abdul Hakeem has given reason there is a peaceful co-existence in the State to the cordial relationship established and promoted by the State Government among the adherent of the different religious beliefs, reports ITRealms.

Receiving the Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs at the United States Department of States, Shaun Casey and the Political/Economic Section Chief, United States Consulate General, Thomas Hines who paid a courtesy visit to his Office at Alausa, Ikeja, Hon. Hakeem said that religious crisis cannot occur if such cordiality is maintained.

Hon. Abdul Hakeem also said, State Government has identified religion as a vehicle through which peaceful co-existence could be maintained within the State and has accorded the leaders of the two major religions, Islam and Christianity, the status of developmental partners in the State.

According to him, government expects leaders of these two bodies to serve the dual roles of spiritual rejuvenators and influencers of government policy on religion in their respective places of worship.

“The State Government believes that the integration of religious leaders as development partners in Government policy formulation and execution will expedite quick acceptance of government’s plans and programmes by followers of various religious bodies because of the respect and reverence they have for their leaders”, the Commissioner explained.
 

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