By: Mosunmola Ayobami in Ilorin
The Senate president Dr Bukola Saraki has urged Nigerians to pray for quick recovery of President Muhammad Buhari in order to continue to pilot the affairs of the nation.
Dr.Saraki assured Nigerians that the Senate will not pass any law against the fundamental rights or freedom of religious practice of Nigerians.
Saraki who stated this in Ilorin at the close of 31st National Qur’an reading competition enjoined all religious leaders in the country to use the word of God to spread love, unity and peace adding that “we should tolerate and have harmonious relationship and understanding amongst ourselves.”
In his address, the Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed said the use of religion to perpetuate acts of violence is rather unfortunate given the emphasis placed on peace and justice by both religions stating, that it is the responsibility of all Nigerians to resist, through peaceful means, those who are bent on misrepresenting religion and fomenting conflict in its name.
According to him, “As a government focused on sustaining peaceful co-existence, we will continue to ensure peace and harmonious relations based on the principles of justice, fairness and equity.”
The Governor said he remains committed to equitable distribution of infrastructure, socio-economic programmes adding that no community in the state will be excluded from the benefits of prosperity on account of their religious or political inclinations.
Earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto and National President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs ( SCIA ), His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, commended Lagos State Government over the recent court judgement on the use of hijab in public schools in the state adding that religious leaders in the country should emphasize what will unite us rather than what will divide us as a nation.
The Sultan urged the National Assembly not to pass any legislation that prevents any one from lawful practice of his religion. Sultan prayed for quick recovery for president Buhari.