Have fear of God, Makinde tells religious leaders


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged religious leaders and those he described as seeking an opportunity to divide the state on religious grounds, to have the fear of God in their conduct.

While reiterating that any of such plans will not work, the governor stressed his commitment to building a united and peaceful state.

Speaking on Tuesday while receiving religious leaders and members of the Muslim community serving in his executive council (exco), at his Ikolaba, Ibadan home after observing the Eid-el-Kabir prayers, he said no one can use religion to divide the state.

The team led by Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan includes the Southwest Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja, the Head of Service, Mrs. Amidat Agboola, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mojeed Mogbanjubola, Special Adviser on SDG, Mr. Kunle Yussuf, Special Adviser on Tourism, Mr. Ademola Ige, permanent secretaries, among other political office holders in attendance.

“In Oyo State, those who think they can use religiosity and religious sentiments to disturb the peace of the state should go and look for something else to do because it is not possible.

“I came from a Muslim background and about 60 percent of the Makindes are Muslims. Let them go and find out to confirm from my family house.

“I enjoin them to desist from using religious sentiments to destabilise Oyo State. If they want political power, it is only God that can put them in position, not any human being. Let them design their own programme, let them look at what we are doing, and let them make it known to the people of Oyo State because it is only God that has all power and He gives to anyone he wills.

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“They should tell the people what they can do better and how they plan to achieve it. This is what should be done, rather than going around with rumours coated with religious misinformation to cause trouble.”

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