Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said religious tensions in Nigeria are generated when faith leaders do not “act responsibly” on promoting unity.
He spoke on Wednesday when he received a delegation from the Kuje interfaith community, led by Sam Ogbodo, the senior pastor of Kings Palace Church International.
Osinbajo met the religious leaders at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to a statement released by Laolu Akande, his spokesman, the VP said Nigeria is facing a problem of uniting her citizens of different religions and ethnic outfits.
“One of the fault lines that we have is religious divisions and the tensions that are created when religious leaders do not act responsibly enough in bringing together men and women of different faiths,” Osinbajo was quoted as saying.
Osinbajo also praised the religious leaders for bringing specific issues to the attention of the government, emphasizing that it is the responsibility of the government to deliver on sustainable development.
“One of the major issues that our country has to face is unity of our people – unity of the ethnic groups and unity of the faiths,” he said.
“I am really excited about what you are doing. The interfaith community in Kuje is not just a model for this zone, but a model for the country.
“Everyone has a right to their faith. Constitutionally, there is freedom of worship, but it is leadership that must deliver on the most important thing; the government must deliver on services, development issues.
“Development and civic leaders like yourself must bring this to the attention of the government, as you are doing, and must champion these causes on behalf of the people. And I think that this is a real model for the rest of the country to follow.”
Whilst speaking, Ogbodo commended the vice-president for supporting the cause of poor Nigerians, and pleaded with the federal government to speed up action on the dualisation of the Kuje-airport road, and also the completion of other ongoing projects.