Nigeria Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that Nigeria being a secular nation, needs responsible political and religious leaders. ayokinews.com reports
Osinbajo explained that a political leader who cannot carry everyone along and a religious leader who preaches condemnation on another is irrelevant in the society.
The Vice President made this known on Friday, while speaking at the launch of a book titled, “Winning leadership” and authored by Pat Akem.
Speaking at the event, Osinbajo said, “So we are in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society and need responsible political leaders. We need responsible religious leaders, not those who are prepared to destroy the unity of the country so that they can be hailed by their parochial communities.
“A religious leader who preaches that we should hate other religions is not relevant today. I’m a pastor, but I know that God loves Muslims. I must not discriminate against people of another faith.
“So any religious leader who says that another religion should not exist is not relevant for our circumstances today and the same goes to our political leaders.
“Any political leader who doesn’t recognise that this is a multi-religious, multi-ethnic society or any ethnic leader who doesn’t recognise that it’s a multi-ethnic society, and that you cannot function with one ethnic group and cannot carry everyone along is not relevant today.”
Osinbajo further added that a strong emphasis on orientation should be placed on the elites, saying successes or failures of the nation rests with them.