Ismail Afolabi and Ismail Balogun, Osogbo
Muslim leaders in Osun State have expressed the need to sustain the peaceful coexistence among the people of the state, especially the adherents of different religions in the state.
This was the thrust of a one-day seminar organised by the Joint Muslims Action Forum (JOMAF) in collaboration with the United Imams and Khateebs of Nigeria, Osun State chapter held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The seminar was declared open by Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola while Dr Abdul-Hafeez Oladosu of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the University of Ibadan spoke on the theme: “Acceptable Da’wah (evangelization) Methodology in a Multi-Religious Society”.
The Chief Imam of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abdul Rahman Oloyede spoke on “Exploring the power of Mimbar (pulpit)” and charged Imams to always use wisdom whenever they are on the pulpit.
A communiqué signed by JOMAF Coordinator, Alhaji Kola Uzaamat and Chairman of United Imams, Malam Lere Yusuf was issued at the end of the seminar in which the Islamic clerics expressed joy over existing peace and harmony among adherents of different religions in the state.
The clerics commended the efforts of the Osun state government in promoting peaceful coexistence among all religious bodies in the state.
According to the communiqué: “All religion leaders must not relent in their various efforts aimed at sustaining peace and harmony in the state”.
The Imams condemned the spate of insecurity in some part of the northern part of the country and also frowned at the recent bomb blast at Nyanya in Abuja as well as the abduction of some school girls by the insurgents and charged the federal government and security agencies to rescue the children from their abductors.