Religious leaders have been urged to always play an advisory role for politicians and enlightening their congregations on the need for involvement in pre and post-election activities.

Sheik Abdulquassim Olaosebikan and Prophet Morakinyo Oyatumo who were guest lecturers at a day workshop organised by Hon Segun Dokun Odebunmi, a federal lawmaker representing Suurulere/ Ogo-Oluwa federal constituency stated this on Monday.

The event which was climaxed with a presentation of four cars to Muslim and Christian communities in the constituency was attended by religious leaders, party chieftains and stakeholders in the community.

Sheik Olaosebikan in his brief lecture emphasized the need for religious leaders to enlighten their congregations on the need to be involved in politics for positive development of the society.

“It is our duty to caution them against anything that is not of God in politics, we need politics to develop our society and one of the way through which we can achieve a sane society is through politics.’

The Islamic scholar, however, frowned at vote buying and selling during the election and call for cautions against the trending style which he said is dangerous for our Democracy.

Also, Prophet Morakinyo Oyatumo, of Goodness Evangelical Ministry in his lecture said religious leaders should not see politicians as a financial venture. “Both leaders and followers should not be begging for money from politicians and allow them to do what they are supposed to do for people.”

Speaking on the impact of the lecture, Hon Odebunmi said ” the rationale behind the programme is to sensitize the people on their role before and after the election so as to avoid conflict.

“My constituency has been peaceful but we need to engage people to sustain the existing peaceful atmosphere we have been enjoined”.

Speaking on the need for continuity in 2019, in Oyo state, Odebumi who is the chairman House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Value said continuity will help to sustain and building on the achievements of the present administration and urge people to vote for APC government for a better Nigeria

Some of the beneficiaries commended the lawmaker for the gesture ” This is not the first time we are getting something from Odebunmi, he is a man of peace, he doesn’t discriminate against anybody and he loves his people”.



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