As the world marks the commencement of Year 2018, the Chairman of the University of Ilorin Inter-Religious Council, Prof. Gabriel Olatunji, has cautioned clerics against seeking cheap popularity by spreading fake prophecies.

Prof. Olatunji, who is also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovations), University of Ilorin, gave the warning last Tuesday (January 2, 2018) while featuring on Oro to nlo, a popular Yoruba programme on Unilorin FM.

He advised clerics, Muslims or Christians, to instead preach love, forgiveness, and unity among the citizens, which, he said, would lead to the advancement of the community of nations. 

Prof. Olatunji lamented that faking miracles is now common in Nigeria, especially during the New Year celebration, warning the perpetrators against turning themselves to liars.

While commenting on the essence of New Year celebration, the don said, “The occasion was to appreciate God's wonder on our lives, to spend a great time with family and friends, and starting yet another year hoping that it will bring happiness and good luck”.

Commenting on the annual visitation by the Muslim Principal Officers of the University to the families of their Christian colleagues, Prof. Olatunji said that the idea behind the visitation was to strengthen the existing harmonious relationship that was established by the founding fathers of the institution. 

While describing the originators of the idea as futurists, courtesy of the tremendous success recorded, Prof. Olatunji also applauded the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, for sustaining the tradition, which was established by his predecessors. 

On the programme before the Inter-Religious Council, the Chairman disclosed that the Council was planning to host an international conference on peaceful coexistence that would attract participants from across the globe.

According to Prof. Olatunji, the idea was to tell the world how the management of the University of Ilorin has been able to sustain peace on campus so that they would also borrow a leaf from the stride.

 He also said that the proposed conference would also ensure that other universities in the country benefit from the peaceful coexistence enjoyed by the University of Ilorin, with the hope that the spate of rioting and violent demonstrations on the campuses of some Nigerian universities will reduce and to some extent stabilise the nation's education system. 

Prof. Olatunji explained further that the Inter-Religious Council has achieved a lot since its inception, adding that this has been acknowledged by university administrators all over the country. 

 The Chairman attributed the success recorded by the Council to the support it had received from former and present Principal Officers of the institution. He also acknowledged the understanding and cooperation of staff and students of the University, saying that they are partners in progress.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, however, solicited the support and cooperation of all staff, various unions on campus, the students' union, and other members of the University community for the Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem-led administration.

He described the Vice-Chancellor as a strong, energetic and committed person, who has a passion for success. He also said that the Vice-Chancellor excelled as the Director of the Unilorin Laboratory to Product (LABTOP) Centre, he thrived as the Dean of Student Affairs, adding that he is optimistic that Prof. Abdulkareem would also succeed in his present position.