The Lagos State Government on Tuesday lamented the disturbing trend of hate preaching among religious leaders which, it said, had compelled it to place all churches and mosques in the state under watch. The state government consequently warned the religious leaders engaged in hate preaching “to desist forthwith from the act, noting that it would never in anyway tolerate religious intolerance in the state.”
The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, disclosed this at a meeting with members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), in Alausa yesterday, adding that it would start monitoring religious centres from 2016. At the meeting, the commissioner said the state government would begin inter-religious conferences where all religious bodies in the state, irrespective of their denominations would participate.
He added that the NIREC would coordinate inter-religious conferences, but disclosed that the state government “will stop any religious leader who engage in hate preaching or hate messages capable of endangering people’s freedom. Read more