Nige­ri­ans must tol­er­ate one another – In­ter­faith group

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Olayemi John-Mensah

The Nige­ria in­terreli­gious group has said Nige­ri­ans must learn to tol­er­ate one another for peace and har­mony to reign in the coun­try.

For­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, In­sti­tute for Peace and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion and ini­tia­tor, Ini­tia­tive for In­terReli­gious Peace and Har­mony, Pro­fes­sor Joseph Golwa, made the re­marks at the 1st In­ter-re­li­gious mu­si­cal con­cert in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nige­ria Faith­based Com­mu­nity Or­gan­i­sa­tion, New Jersey, USA to celebrate Nige­ria 55th In­de­pen­dence.

Pro­fes­sor Golwa said the pro­gramme was aimed at pur­su­ing peace for peace­ful co­ex­is­tence in the coun­try.

“As Nige­ri­ans we are the same and must not al­low any re­li­gion to di­vide us. All re­li­gion rep­re­sented here are peace am­bas­sadors. The found­ing fathers of this na­tion are from dif­fer­ent re­li­gious and eth­nic di­ver­sity yet they put their heads to­gether and fight for the in­de­pen­dence we are cel­e­brat­ing now. There­fore, we must em­u­late them,” he said.

For­mer se­nior spe­cial ad­viser on re­li­gious af­fairs to for­mer Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan and the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of the pro­ject, Bar­ris­ter Tahir Umar Tahir said as “peace am­bas­sadors we must achieve the se­ri­ous com­ing to­gether of dif­fer­ent re­li­gious groups to en­hance and fa­cil­i­tate the mu­tual and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and un­der­stand­ing among var­i­ous groups.”

The Na­tional Cochair, Peace Build­ing Net­work Ha­jiya Maryam Dada said they wanted to achieve peace through chil­dren by catch­ing them young.

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