Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has charged the people of the state to focus on how to stamp poverty out of the state instead of laying emphasis on religion.
In a chat with journalists after interactive sessions with leaders of religious groups in the state, the SDP governorship hopeful said: “If God had wanted mankind to worship Him through one religion, He would have decreed it and since He did not do that, I don’t think it is the responsibility of any individual or group of people to decree one religion out of existence.
“My main concern in government and which I want the people of this state to cooperate and support me on is my desire to banish poverty, which in my understanding has no religion, race, creed or colour. It is our common denominator and we all must be ready to confront and drive it out of our midst.”
Makinde disclosed that the meetings with the religious leaders gave him the opportunity to understand the people’s fears and worries on what his policy on religion would be if the became governor.
“I made it known that our government would respect the right of every citizen in the state to practice his or her religion without let or hindrance and will not allow undue religious sentiment to interfere with governance.
“We will be more concerned about developmental issues, using our God-given opportunities to ensure that people are uplifted. I wasn’t born rich, but, if by the grace of God and through education paid for by the state, I am what I am today, we can conquer poverty in this state and we shall by His grace and the support of the people”.