Saturday 17th November, 2012 was a glorious day in Lagos Nigeria when leaders of the three major religions in Nigeria converged on the Main Auditorium of University of Lagos to discuss a common goal. Religion as it is personal to individual and being a major link between man and God Almighty, it remains sentimentally personal. However, On the day mentioned earlier, an African Traditional Religionist sat side by side with Muslims; Christians also mix and discuss freely with their Nigerian fellows who are Muslims It was all in the spirit of LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE.
This Religious Founders’ Day was organized at the instance of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria emphasizing the theme of SOCIAL SECURITY, NATIONAL PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT- RELIGION AS A POSITIVE AGENT.
Alhaji Bola Agboola, the Director of Lagos Operations of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria who is not an Ahmadi gave a keynote address. Otunba Lekan Ajirotutu, the Public Relation Officer of African Traditional Religion, Nigeria looked at the theme from African religion’s perspective. Rev. Sunday Adeyinka Adeoye, Pastor of the New Life Baptist Church, and a core Member of Christaian Association of Nigeria in Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State addressed the congregation from the Christian perspective. Dr. AbdulHafeez Oladosu of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department at the University of Ibadan viewed the theme from an orthodox Muslims’ angle. Socio-Politicians were also not kept back as Mr. Moshood AbdulWasi, a lecturer at the Department of Political Science of Lagos State University addressed the topic socio-politically.
The event which attracted guests from the Military Department of Nigeria, the State Security Services, journalists from both print and electronic media houses was graced by over a thousand participants that cut across the adherent of the three major religions of Nigeria.
Courtesy: Qasim Oyekola, Lagos