The Iwo community in Osun West Senatorial District of Osun State was a beehive of activities last Sunday, as Christians, Muslims and traditionalists held a joint concert in support of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s efforts to unite the various religions in the state.
At the concert with theme “Peace and Unity Inter-religious Concept” organised by Pax Nigeriana International, a non-governmental organisation, throngs of Christians, Muslims and traditional worshippers converged on the town hall, singing ‘hymns of unity’ and dancing.
Speaking at the occasion, coordinator of the group, Apostle Dipo Okeyomi said “Governor Aregbesola has demonstrated his love for all religions in the state and that is why we are gathered to debunk insinuations that he is a religious bigot.
“As the son of an archbishop, I attended a Muslim school where I interacted with many Muslims who remain my friends till today.
“That is exactly what the governor has been doing in wanting children of all religious background to attend school, eat and live together, thereby promoting harmony.”
Okeyomi said the ongoing religious crises in some parts of the North are traceable to the failure of both Christian and Muslim parents to allow their children interact in childhood days.
He urged Christians, Muslims and traditionalists in the state to see each other as partners in progress. Corroborating him, the caretaker chairman of Iwo Local Government, Alhaji Kamorudeen Alao, said the massive turnout was a clear demonstration of their appreciation of the governor’s desire to promote peace and harmony in the state.
He thus urged them to support Governor Aregbesola, for a second term in office. The group’s inter-religious concerts, which will be organised throughout the state, will be concluded with a grand finale at the Oshogbo cultural centre on Sunday, March 23.