The Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to the promotion of religious harmony among all groups in the State, saying that is a major recipe towards ensuring peaceful coexistence and harmonious living in the Centre of Excellence.
The Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Oladusi Komolafe, reaffirmed this when a delegation of the Lagos Chapter of the Association of African Traditional Religions of Nigeria and the overseas (AATREN), paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Alausa, Ikeja.
He thanked the delegation for the visit and expressed his gratitude for their congratulatory messages, expressing his determination to ensure that the mandate as well as other set goals of the Agency are actualised under his leadership in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.
Komolafe, however, solicited for the support and cooperation of all religious groups in the State, pointing out that there is a need for everyone to work hand-in-hand to promote peace and harmony among all residents in Lagos State.
Earlier, the Opemoluwa of Ikate-Elegushi, leader of the delegation and President of AATREN, High Chief Ifasegun Elegushi, said the primary purpose of the visit was to congratulate Komolafe on his appointment as the new helmsman of the agency as well as deepen the cordial relationship between the Council and the Association.
His words: “We have always been partners in progress. We are here on that basis to cement our relationship for the betterment of society and the citizenry. We wish you the best of luck in steering the wheels of the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture”.
The AATREN President, represented by the Vice-President, Yeye Foluso Adeogun-Oga, urged Lagosians and, indeed, Nigerians to live in harmony, irrespective of their religion, traditional and social differences, saying that “the beauty of diversity is in harnessing the benefits of such differences”.
While restating the call for the declaration of August 20th as “Isese” Day in the State, he urged Komolafe to upgrade the criteria for registering Cultural Groups through extensive investigation.
Prayers were subsequently offered by the group to “Olodumare” (the Supreme Being), for divine wisdom and good health for the Governor and other top government functionaries as well as for the sustenance of the peace and progress of the State.
The highlight of the visit was the colourful performance by the State Performing Troupe, which enlivened the guests with its energetic cultural chants and dances.