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Lagos premier lashes Christian clerics' demands

20 May 2014, 09:00Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has slammed clerics under the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) over their recent call that a Christian governor must rule the state from 2015.

The PFN was this past weekend quoted as suggesting it was time a Christian governor governed the affairs of the state as Muslim governors had been ruling Lagos for several decades.

Speaking at a forum in Lagos, Fashola said such suggestions would fan religious divisions.

He noted that religion could not be substituted for good governance.

“Good governance is a process through which people’s goals and aspirations can be achieved. I read in one of the papers a statement that was credited to the effect that a group is insisting on a Christian governor. I don’t recall the last time that a governor of Lagos was elected on his religious beliefs. What will the preference for governor of one faith over the other even benefit us? Will it give one religion roads that other faiths cannot use? Will it give them schools that children from other faiths cannot attend or will it bring water that only one faith can drink, or will it begin to draw a very clear line between poverty and the faith? Does hunger know your faith?” he quipped.

Fashola added, “Maybe we should begin to draw the line of distinction and begin to have Christian money and Muslim money; and in the blood banks now where life is being threatened, maybe we should begin to have Christian blood and Muslim blood.”

Fashola urged the people to shun all forms of religious dichotomy, saying that the nation had integrated for over 50 years and could not afford to be “taken aback” now.

He appealed to religious institutions to begin to own and run businesses like their counterparts in other climes in order to mop-up unemployment and develop the society.

Fashola also urged religious leaders to guide their pulpits with utmost responsibility.

– CAJ News

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