Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged religious leaders to continue to spread the message of peace and religious tolerance in Nigeria.
Osinbajo said this in Lagos on Wednesday during the launch of a book titled, ‘Islam in Yorubaland: History, Education and Culture’ coordinated by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN).
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Represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Vice President said: “This well-researched work of history, no doubt, has benefited from the rich career of the authors whom I was told are affiliated to Yorubaland by birth and to Islam by choice. It, therefore, follows that the book before us can be classified as the most authoritative in our recent history as far as the history of Islam in Yorubaland is concerned.
“I congratulate the authors in particular and MUSWEN in general on this knowledge of the history of Islam in Nigeria, with particular reference to the South West, a region erroneously believed not to have very significant Muslim population in the country.”
During the book launch, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar noted that aside from history, religious leaders and scholars across Nigeria must rise up in feeding their followers with truth and the true meaning of faiths they profess.