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Leaders of two main religious faiths, Christianity and Islam under the auspices of Alimoso Council of Religious Leaders met on Thursday at the premises of the headquarters of Alimoso Local Development Council, Akowonjo, Lagos to work out how to foster more unity, growth and development among the members and facilitate a smooth working relationship between the religious groups and the Local government.

The meeting which was held at the instance of Pastor Dickson Asaaju, a former Chairman of CAN in the Local Government, presently the Assistant Secretary of CAN in Lagos State and the Secretary of Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria CPFN in the State had in attendance leaders of various Christian and Muslim faiths in the six Local Council Development Areas.

The LCDAs were Mosan Okunola, Agbado Oke Odo, Ikotun Igando, Ayobo Ipaja, Egbe Idimu and the host Alimoso LCDA.

The convener, Pastor Asaaju told the participants how the coming of heads of religious groups could be of help to the large old Alimoso Local Government.

He explained that the body was different from Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC). According to him NIREC was instituted by the government while Alimoso Council of Religious Leaders was put together by private initiatives to act in working and advisory capacity to the Local Government Chairmen and their officers.

He said their coming together would facilitate more peaceful inter relationship among the residents across religious persuasions, and to work with the Local government administrators on how to improve the welfare of the citizenry at the grassroots level.

Also at the meeting was the Chairman of Alimoso Local Government, Hon. Jelili Adewale Sulaimon who commended the organisers for the initiative as he promised them all supports that would help to improve peace in the old local Government.

He thanked the religious leaders for their prayers and their mutual love for one another and encouragement of religious harmony in the local government.

The leaders also took the advantage of the gathering to assess the last general election in the country with the not too impressive showing of APC in the local government and the LCDAs.

They promised to work together to improve the electoral fortune of APC and particularly the State governor Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu in the Saturday 18th March governorship election.

“We will use this platform to mobilise both Muslims and Christians to support the election of our governor, we believe that with what he did in his first term he would do much more in his second coming.”

They promised to help the candidates in their prayers as well as go the extra length to mobilise voters for his success in the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Among the list of participants were Imam Ibrahim Okunola, Alhaja Sidiqat Baruwa Alaran, Imam Rafiu Akorede, Imam T. Ganiyu, Alhaji Jamiu Olayemi, Imam Ashiru and a host of others while some of the Christian leaders present were Pastor Kola Obolo, Archbishop T.O.S. Owoeye, Rev. Dr. O.T. Fagbemijo, Pastor Rosho Okpo, Most Supt King Jossy Ayodele, Rev. Joel Fatogun, and Revd. D.A. Olorunfemi.    

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