Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has while declaring open the General Assembly of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), yesterday in the nation’s capital, said that the current state of the nation where Nigerians now struggle to accommodate each other, is down to the failures of leaders to setting good examples for the masses to emulate.
He said unless the country has leaders like Imam Abdullahi of Plateau State who not only refused to give up the Christians he had given refuge, but was also ready to offer his own life in exchange for theirs, drums of war will continue to rent the air
He said, “It is my view that the weight of ensuring that this country is on the right track is on our leaders. We should be our brother’s keepers no matter the religion. We should always be ready to make sacrifices for one another. We have religious and tribal tensions in this country. Many are beating the drums of ethnic and religious war, we are at a historic juncture of our nation.”
Using his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Villa, Osinbajo said, “Every Sunday, my family and over 100 Christians attend service in the chapel at the Villa. The chapel is located in the premises of the president and his family. It is located a few seconds away from the first lady’s kitchen.
“Sometimes, when I see the president on a Sunday morning, he asks me whether the service is over already or I am escaping from the service! That is the sort of tolerance that we need in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society and it is the duty of leaders to show that sort of example.”
He tasked the leadership of Muslim community to take up the burden of ensuring that faith promoted national development as opposed to impeding it.