Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Sunday urged religious leaders in the country to separate religion from politics, so as to promote peace and unity in the nation.
The governor made the call in Ilorin when the executives of Nasrul-Lahil-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) visited him.
He also called on religious bodies in the country to intensify their philanthropic activities, adding that such gesture would enhance the wellbeing of the less privileged members of the society and aid efforts to curb crime.
“Kindness is all-encompassing, no matter our station in life, we are all capable of showing compassion for others; we should show kindness to all those we encounter”, he said.
Ahmed described religion as a personal phenomenon, adding that it should be practised with respect for other religions and the right of others to hold contrary views.
The governor pledged that his administration would continue to implement programmes which would improve the state’s infrastructure and spur human capital development.
“In the coming year, we intend to implement several programmes to boost youth employment, improve the infrastructure and stimulate greater commercial activities.
“As part of our planned infrastructure development programme, we will expand the paved roads and provide water, electricity, schools and hospitals to all parts of the state”, Ahmed said.
Earlier, the President of NASFAT, Alhaji Mojirola Yussuf, said that Ilorin was chosen as the venue of the society’s conference because of the peace and harmony in Kwara.
He noted that Ilorin also played significant roles in the development of Islam through the teachings of many Islamic scholars who hailed from the town. (NAN)