Religious leaders have been charged to use their vantage position to promote peace and unity in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Strength in Diversity Development Centre, Lagos, Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, gave the charge at the just concluded international workshop on Religion, Conflict Prevention and Good Governance, at the Religious Literacy Centre of the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
He said that the workshop was organised to build capacity of the participants in the critical area of religious understanding and literacy. Majemu stated that religion wasa tool that could be used to prevent ethnic violent and enhance good governance in the country.
The cleric stressed the need for religious leaders to always direct their sermon on peace and harmony as preached by the two major religions practice in the country. He added that Strength in Diversity Development Centre, Lagos and the Islamic Platform Society of Nigeria decided to collaborate with Harvard University in America to sharpen the knowledge of selected religious leaders in our nation.
In his remark, the Executive Director Information and Strategy of the Islamic Platform Society of Nigeria, Alhaji TajudeenUzamot, noted that religion was negatively used by some selfish politicians during the last generals in the country.
Uzamot, a broadcaster, stated that the workshop was also an avenue to prevent such negative use of religion in future elections.
He, therefore, challenged the newly elected politicians in public offices to deliver their electioneering campaign promises to the electorates.
Uzamot added that social justice on wellbeing of the people should be accorded priority by the in-coming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari.