Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has disclosed that he ran away from Ile Kewu (school for Quran teachings) because he wanted to avoid been flogged by his teachers.
The former president made this known while speaking at a lecture on tolerance between Christians and Muslims in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to Obasanjo, religious unity in Nigeria would ensure the country’s development.
“If we can live in peace with our neighbour at the local, community, state, national, continental and global level, what a different world it would have been,” He said.
“Let me tell you, I went to Ile Kewu (Qur’anic school). In my village, mosque and church were built close to each other.
“When I was growing up in the village, there was no difference and I started going to Qur’anic school. What drove me away was koboko (horse whip).
“But what I imbibed in the village when I was growing up is what I have practised all my life.”