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The  Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured that his administration will continue to provide education and finance in a bid to curb religious intolerance and foster harmony in the state.

According to a statement on Monday, the governor disclosed this during the inauguration of a N10 billion endowment fund by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, on Victoria Island.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, commended the cooperation of the different religious organisations towards the project.

He said, “I urge the ummah to continue to pray for the government to succeed in the task of providing leadership under challenging circumstances. The purpose of this launch is to build an International Resource Centre which would be of immense benefit to all Muslims and the members of the community.

“The project will create access to resources such as finance and education which is very relevant given the intolerance that has been observed within the country in recent times. I also appreciated the leadership of the MUSWEN for their foresight and generosity as well as for allowing the teachings of peace and brotherliness to dictate their thoughts and actions.”

In his address, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji, Muhammad Abubakar III, said, “Muslims have no business with poverty if we are helpful to one another, there is no need for Muslims to be poor, if we follow the standard of Islam, help one another, pay zakat and follow the directives of Allah.”

In his remarks, the Chairman, MUSWEN, Dr Sulaymaniyah Adegunwa, stated that the endorsement fund will strengthen Muslims in the South-West and lead to an enduring legacy for future generations.

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