Business woman and politician, Hajia Maryam Yusuf has hailed the setting up of a 12-man Inter-Religious Council (IREC) by the Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman
In a statement on Saturday, Hajia Yusuf said the constitution of the Council which comprised of renowned religious leaders of both faiths, including elder statesmen and women, attests to the governor’s proactiveness in curtailing issues that could result in crisis.
The politician, who was reacting to the recent closure of Baptist School, Ijagbo, by the State government in a bid to prevent total breakdown of law and order following renewed agitations over the use of hijab by female Muslims in the school; said Governor Abdulrahman has taken a commendable decision which would restore calm to the affected community.
“His Excellency has done what is expected of a leader who values the place of peace and harmony in the overall development of any society. We can only appeal to warring parties on both sides of the contentious issue to honour the teachings of both religious about peaceful coexistence,” she said.
She further appealed to Kwarans of all faiths to uphold religious tolerance and promote the peaceful and harmonious co-existence Kwara is known for.
“We can all practice our religions peacefully without encroaching on the rights and privileges of one another. This is why I appeal to religious stakeholders to support the efforts of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq government in fostering peace by promoting dialogue and exchange of views among adherents of both religions,” Hajia Yusuf concluded.