Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works and housing, has said that religion should be totally a private affair and should be removed from public spaces.
According to Fashola, religious practices such as praying in the public should stop and religion should be practiced only in religious centres, in the hearts of individuals, and at homes.
The former Governor of Lagos State said this while fielding questions on Channels Television on the same faith ticket of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to Fashola, even with a Christian Vice President and a Muslim President currently in charge of the country, people are being killed in churches and in mosques.
According to him, “My position about religion has been made known on different platforms. I think religion should leave the public space and go back to where it belongs… to the homes and the religious centres.
“There’s too much religion in our public lives. No nation has survived by valorising religion.
“It’s a private thing. Praying in the public and all that should stop …there have been a Christian vice president [Prof. Yemi Osinbajo] under a Muslim President [Muhammadu Buhari] and sadly people were killed in the church, priests were murdered.
“Same way Muslims have been murdered. Neither the President nor the vice president wants these things to occur. But it has nothing to do with our faiths. Those who do it in the name of our faith are not members of our faith.
“In my own opinion, Asiwaju is the best person to drive that vehicle because I’ve worked with him at very close quarters and I know his capacity. I know his tenacity…”