Ben Ayade, governor of Cross Rivers state, says Nigerians don’t need the Bible or Qur’an if they imbibe the virtue of humanity as a religion in itself.
Ayade added that humanity is the greatest religion on earth because it preaches love, kindness and unity.
The governor spoke at the kick-off of the grand finale of the 2019 Calabar Carnival which was themed ‘Humanity’.
With reference to Nigerians and the rest of the world, Ayade explained that humans need to change the way they relate with each other to make room for a better society.
According to him, the human society has become “more animalistic,” and needs to embrace humanity because it dispels social vices.
“As we leave here today, if we don’t learn anything, let us learn that humanity is the greatest religion. With humanity, you don’t need your Bible or Qur’an because, with it, you will show love to your fellow men that need it,” he said.
“I speak with a lot of agony, melancholy, frustration, and pain. Whether you are rich, poor, tall, short, black or white; humanity does not know the difference because it breaks all barriers.
“God created man to be equal and peaceful. But, in the course of existence, man has become animalistic.”
In October, Ayade had made the headlines after a federal high court in Calabar denied the bail application of Agba Jalingo, a journalist, who criticized his administration as governor of Cross River.
After 34 days in detention, Jalingo, who doubles as the publisher of CrossRiverWatch, was arraigned on four count charges of treasonable felony, terrorism and attempt to topple the government.
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