Religious Tolerance Key To Economic Growth – Gov. Ambode

Kunle Adelabu.

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Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives delivering the Governor’s keynote address at the Ramadan celebration on Sunday in Ikorodu

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday, June 26, 2017, urged Muslims in Ikorodu to sustain the Godly virtues exhibited during the just concluded fasting period.

The Governor, who spoke at the celebration which held at Ikorodu Ferry Terminal, Ebute through Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, enjoined Muslims to sustain the spirit of love, brotherhood, tolerance and care

He said: “As you celebrate this special day, I enjoin you all to sustain the spirit of love, brotherhood, tolerance and care which were dutifully demonstrated during the Ramadan. Let us not forget the lessons that Ramadan was meant to teach us which include the fear of Allah and care for the less-privileged in our society.”

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Representative of the Governor, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye (middle, Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, chairman, Lagos State civil Service Commission (2nd left), Mr Gbolahan Ogunleye (left), Mr Segun Anifowoshe (2nd right) and Yeye Bolanle Basorun at the celebration in Ikorodu

 

 

Ambode identified harmonious co-existence among all adherents of various religions in the country as a necessary impetus to bring about peace, progress and prosperity.

He said every religion preaches peace and harmonious co-existence among all people, and that it was important for the people to continue to live by such principle to foster growth and economic prosperity.

The Governor said he was highly appreciative of the support extended to his administration by religious leaders, as well as the religious tolerance and cooperation existing in the State, pledging never to take it for granted.

While specifically thanking Islamic scholars and leaders in the State for their prayers and support, Governor Ambode assured that the State Government would continue to uphold and protect the right of all citizens to freedom of belief and freedom of worship.

“Let me again use this opportunity to pledge our commitment to uphold and protect the right of all citizens to freedom of belief and freedom of worship. Every religion preaches peace and harmonious co-existence among all people.

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Cross section of Muslims at the End of Ramadan celebration in Ikorodu

“We must continue to live by this principle so that our State and nation will continue to grow in peace, progress and prosperity,” he said.

Besides, the Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration towards upholding and enhancing security of lives and property of residents, just as he urged the people to continue to support and cooperate with all security agencies including the recently inaugurated Neighborhood Safety Corps as they strive to keep the State safe.

The celebration featured recitation of Quran, quiz and dance competitions, among others.

Among eminent personalities that graced the celebration in Ikorodu were Alhaji Babatunde Rotinwa, Alhaji Musliu Animashaun, Mr Segun Anifowoshe, Sole Administrator, Ikorodu West LCDA, Yeye Bolanle Basorun, Sole Administrator, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Alhaja Shukurat Okeowo, Sole Administrator, Ikorodu North LCDA, Prince Lanre Sanusi, High Chief Alliu Musediq, Regent/Olisa of Ijede, High Chief Tajudeen Duduyemi Onasanya, Odofin of Igbogbo, High Chief Ogunmuyiwa, Odofin of Ijede, Chief Imam, Ikorodu West LCDA, Alhaji Maja and Alhaji Abduljelili Hasbunahu among others.

 

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