*says most conflicts branded as religious conflicts in Nigeria are materially induced
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Professor Afis Oladosu has identified promotion of peaceful relationships by government agencies among various ethnic and religious groups as solutions to most of the crisis presently facing Nigeria.
Professor Oladosu made this known while delivering the 489th Inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan entitled “On Arab-Islamism, Afrabism and Contrapuntal Criticism”, on Thursday evening
He pointed out that most conflicts branded as religious conflicts in Nigeria are materially induced and that majority of struggles branded as religious are less about God.
According to Professor Oladosu, it was unfortunate that a lot of conflicts being tagged as religious were actually less about the creed or faith and much more about gaining power and material prosperity.
“Spaces of conflicts around the world commonly branded as religious are actually less about God and more about the preservation of spaces of power and economic survival”, he said
He however tasked Ministries, Directorates and Agencies, MDAs of government to remove all policies and regulations that constitute infractions to the nation’s constitution especially those that have to do with freedom of religion.
Speaking further, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan advocated expansion of African studies programme of University of Ibadan to include Middle Eastern and North African Studies as this would enhance intra- African relationship.
“Indeed, the establishment of a program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies in this part of the world has become a desideratum. Such a program when established here in Ibadan would strengthen intra- African relations and enhance the status of our University as the primus interpares in the sub-saharan region”.
The inaugural lecture was attended by the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, his wife, Professor Amdalat Olaniyan, Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Alhaji Dawud Akinola, Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria, MUSWEN, Professor Muslih Yahya, his predecessor, Professor Daud Noibi among other personalities.