Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state have jointly canvassed for religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
The duo stated that humanity and good character defines human being rather than religion saying that religion should not be placed above humanity and virtuous.
The former and current governor of the state spoke at a reception organized for the Anglican Bishop, Osun North East Diocese, Reverend Dr Humphrey Olumaikaiye by Akande at his country home in Ila-Orangun, Osun State.
Speaking, Aregbesola said the world will be great if everybody relates to one another and as human being in good manner rather than religion.
Aregbesola said religion should not be a factor to determine existence, stating that each and everybody should be defined based on his or her relationship with the people around him.
The host, described Olumaikaiye as a godly, friendly, brilliant and distinguished personality who is enlightened beyond religious bigotry.
Responding, Olumaikaiye called on religion faithful to stop preaching religion, if they are not ready to address the various challenges facing the country.
Instead of preaching religion, Olumaikaye urged the faithful of the two religions to preach love, tolerance, understanding and peace.
According to Olumaikaiye, love supersedes every other preaching and remains the only way out of the various challenges confronting the country.
He lauded Aregbesola for the infrastructural development and transformation of the state, describing his administration as focused and progressive.