Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has charged all religious leaders to avert acts that are capable of sparking off violence in any part of the state.
The governor said that economic growth, such as the one already being witnessed in the state within just one year of his administration, was only possible under an atmosphere of religious tolerance and communal peace.
Aregbesola stated this while addressing representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which met with him at the Government House, in Osogbo, the State capital.
Assuring the religious leaders of the resolve of his administration to maintain fairness, equity and justice among peoples of different faiths in the state, Aregbesola said that some of the skirmishes that occurred in part of the State arose from what he called unfounded rumours and baseless claims by different groups.
The governor said that his meeting with the CAN leaders was part of the series of meetings to be held with representatives of the Muslim community, Christian community and the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council for sustainable religious understanding in the state.