The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians not to look at politics purely from the prism of religion but from the perspective of development.
“We can only make progress if we begin to look at progress from the perspective of development and the capability of people we want to lead us and not from the prism of religion as many would want to do,” he said.
According to Tinubu, “The desire to hold power must stem from a commitment to how to rid Nigeria of frustration, lack of medical care, good roads, insecurity and poverty.”
Tinubu made the call in Lagos at the church dedication of the Overcomers Pentecostal Prayer Ministry and 60th birthday of its General Overseer, Rev. Ogedengbe Samuel, who is also Special Adviser on Religious Affairs to Governor Babatunde Fashola .
Tinubu said the success story of Lagos today was not based on religious sentiments but on hard core commitment to people-oriented policies and capable and disciplined leadership. He added that his achievements and that of his successor couldn’t have been possible without prayers from both Christians and Muslims.
‘Every road we constructed, every school we built was for all the people and not a particular religion. Our religious and ethnic diversity must not be used as a divisive instrument but must be used for progress and development. No nation can survive religious bigotry,” he added.
Present at the occasion were the state Commissioner for Works, Femi Hamzat; former Lagos Health Commissioner,Dr. Leke Pitan; Pastor Kalejaiye; the leader of the C & S Worldwide, His Eminence Olufemi Akinsanya and religious leaders from the College of Bishops.