The Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, says his administration will continue to promote inter-religious harmony, to ensure continuous peace in all parts of the state.
At a meeting with the Chairman of Edo State Musaabaqah Organisation, Otaru of Auchi Ikelebe III, Mr Aliru Momoh and other members of the committee that organised a Koranic Recitation Competition, the Governor stressed that no faith promotes hatred and violence, adding that Islam is synonymous with peace.
“I believe that in trying to understand the suspicion between Muslims and Christians from time to time, the misrepresentation of what the two religions represent can only be filled by educating our people about the true meaning of Islam and the true meaning of Christianity.
“I believe that looking at the long term challenge of building inter-religious harmony in Nigeria, the Koranic Recitation Competition is something that should be supported and promoted. It encourages more people to get familiar with the doctrines of Islam, the injunctions in the Holy Koran and all the other revelations by Prophet Mohammed, I believe that a lot of the misconceptions will be addressed,” he said.
Governor Oshiomhole then commended Mr Momoh’s effort in promoting religious peace.
He said: “I want to thank you sir, for your leadership in this regards. You have devoted your time, not just as a Traditional ruler but also as a religious leader which I think is extremely important. Those combinations are necessary in our society”.
He further stressed that his administration would pass the good work on to his successor in order to sustain the State government’s commitment to promoting the competition, maintaining that it lays foundation for peace.
The Otaru of Auchi commended Governor Oshiomhole for sponsoring the competition, stating that it comes from inspiration.
“Appreciation goes to you for being able to, in a short period of time in your first and second tenure, you have hosted the Koranic competition in your state. I believe that that enlightenment comes from inspiration and we are profusely thankful for doing this ‘just delivery’ to Islam,” Mr Momoh said.
The Governor later fulfilled the government’s promise by presenting three brand new cars to the winners of the Koranic recitation competition.
The male winner,Yusufu Dikku, was presented with the keys of a brand new Toyota Avensis car, same with the female winner, Hadijat Abdulahi, while the male runner-up, Aliu Lamido got a brand new Toyota Corolla Car.