There is controversy over the construction of a mosque in a secondary school.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, on Tuesday tasked Christians and Muslims on the need for peaceful coexistence.
Mr. Adejuyigbe made the appeal at Ikare Akoko in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state during a peace meeting with the representatives of Christians and Muslims of Ekan and Oyinmo communities.
The meeting was held to address concerns over the planned building of a mosque at Ikare Grammar School.
“Christians and Muslims in the state must shun violence and see themselves as members of the same family to avoid religious crises.
“They should continue to co-operate with the government of the state in sustaining the peace being enjoyed,” he said.
He advised individuals, groups and organisations planning to erect any structure within the premises of government-owned schools to seek approval from the appropriate authorities.
According to Mr. Adejuyigbe, the current administration fully supports community participation in the development of education, adding that due process must be followed.
The meeting was attended by top officials of the ministry, representatives of Christians and Muslims from the two communities and the Divisional Police Officer of Ikare.
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