The Aragbiji of Iragbiji Land, Oba Abdur-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, Odundun IV, on Thursday, 21st of April 2022 implored religious leaders to bring about unity and peace among their followers in order to ensure effective security and harmony in the country in particular and in the whole world.
Oba Olabomi stated this as the Chairman/Moderator at the workshop symposium organized by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo. In setting the tone for the Symposium in his opening speech, the Aragbiji underscores the need for the adherents and especially the Clerics of the three prominent religions in the country which are Christianity, Islam and African traditional religions to realize the fact we do not have a choice than to come together in unity in order to curb all forms of violence, insecurity, corruption and disunity in the country without which we would all have succeeded in destroying our collective patrimony.
Speaking further, Oba Olabomi reminded Participants that “First, we are human beings and we do not determine our destiny, nor ask our mother and father to birth us, neither did we choose which family, ethnic nationality or religion, saying we are all products of the environment we find ourselves. He advocated the inviolate fact that the most critical thing we must all value and cherish is humanity. Definitely we should not allow religion to come in between us” said Oba Olabomi.
The theme of the lecture which was “Religion and National Security: The Role of Islam, Christianity, and African Traditional Religion in Fostering Peace, National Security and International Understanding” saw different religious scholars and leaders make peace-keeping lectures and also solicit one another to ensure understanding and education among their followers in order to curb national issues such as kidnapping, banditry, and inter-religious crisis among others.
In his address of Welcome, the Director General of CBCIU, Prof. Siyan Oyeweso said the objective of the International Symposium was to look at religious bodies as a possible solution to myriad of Peace and Security challenges confronting the nation and the world at large.
While wrapping up the discourse, Oba Olabomi charged Participants to spread the message of peace, respect for others’ faiths, security, good neighborliness, abstinence from violence, anti Corruption and other vices in order to have a society where everyone can live in peace.
Discussants at the Workshop included, HRM, Oba Quomorudeen Adeyemi Adeyanju, the Olororuwo of Ororuwo.
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