Imams and pastors are being warned by an Islamic body to avoid preaching provocative sermons

As Nigerians prepare for the 2023 general elections, the League of Imams and Alfas in Ogun State has warned religious leaders and politicians to refrain from preaching or making comments that could lead to a crisis in the state before, during, and after the votes.

The league’s Directorate of Leadership and Good Governance said this in a statement issued following a three-day interactive session with governorship contenders in Ogun.

Religious leaders were told to use the chance of their congregation to teach love and peaceful coexistence among the population, according to a communique jointly signed by the Chairman of the Directorate of Good Governance, Qasim Sanusi, and the Secretary, Tajudeen Uthman.

In a communique made available to kuryaloaded on Wednesday, religious leaders were advised to refrain from preaching in ways that could jeopardize the current state of calm in Ogun.

Similarly, the Islamic group asked lawmakers to be ‘Omoluabi’ in their electioneering efforts.

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During their campaigns, the priests warned them not to use violence or make provocative remarks.

In addition, the Directorate urged Ogun State citizens to go to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices or other approved locations to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) in order to vote for the best candidate.

“The advancement and development of Ogun State is a must-do activity for all. As a result, we should work together to achieve it,” the organization stated.

According to the kuryaloaded, seven political parties and their candidates attended the interactive session organized by Islamic authorities.

The contenders took use of the chance to outline their goals for the State if elected, vowing to address the difficulties that the State has in many sectors.

The candidates also pledged to serve the people of Ogun State to the best of their abilities and to ensure good administration of Local Governments in order to bring democracy’s dividends to the grassroots.


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