Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has admonished Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers regardless of their religious affiliation, noting that all Nigerians are equal.
He stated this in his address during the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs general assembly and national executive council meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday.
“It is my view that the weight of ensuring that this country is on the right track is on our leaders. We should be our brother’s keeper no matter the religion. We should always be ready to make sacrifices for one another.
“We have religious and tribal tension in this country. Many are beating the drum of ethnic and religious war. We are at a historic juncture of our nation.
“Every Sunday, my family and I and other hundreds of worshippers attend the villa chapel, and it is located in the premises of the President and his family, and located a few seconds away from the kitchen of the First Lady. That is the kind of tolerance we are talking about.”
Osinbajo therefore stated that it is the duty of leaders to show that attitude and they should be committed to their call to service. He added that their actions as a political leader can transform the nation.
Also speaking, the NSCIA President and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, said the nation must come together to address its challenges.
While insisting that girl-child education and the Almajiri phenomenon must be addressed urgently, he disagreed with the calls for social media regulation, as there were laws to deal with the abuse of the platforms.
“I have received so many calls on the need to regulate the social media. In Nigeria, there are so many laws that can deal with this issue.
“As Muslim leaders, what are we doing about these things? We must educate our children, especially the girl-child. We have millions of Almajiri children moving about on the streets.
“Some people even proposed having a hate speech law. We must accept the outcome of whatever the people decided. After all, people voted for our political leaders. Let us listen to the voices of the people. It is important for us to do the wish of Nigerians.”