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Ayokunle excited as Oyebamiji donates secretariat for CAN


By Niyi Akande, Osogbo

The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Olasupo Ayokunle has called on Nigerians to embrace religious harmony and live in peace.

Ayokunle said this at the commissioning of a secretariat built for CAN, Irewole local government area of Osun, by the Balogun Musulumi of Ikire, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji.

The CAN president, who expressed delight that, Oyebamiji, a Muslim, who currently serves as Osun state Commissioner for Finance, has taught every member of the society a lesson in religious tolerance, also stressed that Nigerians should show love to people of other faiths.

He said, "Bola Oyebamiji is someone my family has been very close to for the past 20 years and he has always been like this. He is a very good and tolerant man to everybody no matter your religion, I have always known him to be partaker in the work of God be it in the church or mosque.

"I must say this is laudable, this is what we have been preaching, harmonious relationship between all religions. It is exactly what God wants. 

"This is the only way we can achieve true peace in our nation. It is nice to know that the sponsor of this project for CAN Irewole is a devout Muslim, this gladdens my heart so much."

Oyebamiji, while speaking said he embarked on the project because of his believe in service to humanity, adding that he also got motivation from his principal, governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Also speaking at the event, Osun state CAN Chairman, Rt. Rev. Amos Ogunrinde said the gesture by Oyebamiji should be emulated across all religious faiths, as such act will go a long way in enhancing religious tolerance.

In his goodwill message, the Akire of Ikire land, Oba Olatunde Falabi, Lambeloye III, who prayed for the commissioner, acknowledged his past act of benevolence, and pronounced Oyebamiji as the new Asiwaju of Ikire land to the delight of all present.


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