A sixteen-member council of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, Ondo State chapter has been inaugurated by the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Governor Akeredolu lauded the efforts of religious bodies at maintaining peace across the State.
The Governor advised religious bodies to work assiduously for the sustenance of religious harmony and entrenchment of enduring peace in Nigeria.
He said the peace maintained has made his administration able to get focused at delivering on its mandate.
The Governor enjoined the newly inaugurated members of NIREC to continue to preach peace among the two major religious groups.
“Remain tireless in preaching peace and maintaining that we all stand to gain a lot by remaining one as a country,” he said.
Remembering Distressed Families
The governor further enjoined the council to remember the distressed families, widows, elderly, and children in need of protection and support.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, thanked the governor for the nomination and inauguration of the council.
She explained that NIREC though established by the Nigerian Government was domesticated by the Ondo State Government to help in fostering religious understanding and peace in the state.
“NIREC should continually work to engender mutual co-existience and inculcate moral discipline, affection, cordiality, and religious tolerance among the citizens,” she said.
Useful Advice to Government
She stated that the council must not relent to give useful advice to government in order to stimulate development for the benefit of everyone.
The State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend John Oladapo, appreciated governor Akeredolu for the qualitative leadership he integrated into governance in Ondo State through delivery of multifaceted infrastructures.
He assured the State Government that NIREC would not fail in its assignment.
“The council would help government work for peace and harmony of the religious groups and the entire state,” he said.
The Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, has as members, representatives of Christian and Islamic bodies in Nigeria with the main objective of promoting inter-religious harmony in Nigeria.
Members of the newly inaugurated Ondo State chapter include: Reverend John Ayo Oladapo, Reverend Raphael Agboola, Rotji Nyokke, Reverend Fr. Anslem Ologunwa, Bishop Abayomi Adegbite, Reverend S. A. Adebayo, Prophet Dr. Z.B Adeboriota, Primate Sunday Ojuolape, Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi, Alhaji Abibu Akinpelumi, Alhaji Basiru Alimi, Alhaji Akeem Akorede, Alhaji Yekini Alli, Alhaji A. O. Aladesawe, Abass Abubakre Mohammed, and Alhaji Abdul Kareem Aminu.