Nigeria: Global peace foundation counsels Muslims, Christians on Unity, tolerance
By Mohammad Ibrahim
July 2 (Kaduna): The Northern Co-coordinators Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, Reverend John Joseph Hayab and Sheikh Haliru Maraya called on Muslims and Christians to live in peace and harmony with each other irrespective of their religious affiliations.
They explained that the Foundation discourages division and hate between followers of different faiths, thereby, encouraging tolerance and respect for each others religion under its ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign in Kaduna State.
This was contained in a statement signed by media and communication officer of the Foundation Richard Pius Garba made available to Oslo Times.
The Northern Co-coordinators encouraged religious and opinion leaders to ensure they promote what unites the people and not what divides them.The coordinators spoke at the breaking of fast with representatives of the three communities of Mando, Maraban Rido Malali and Journalists organized by the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPF), held in the state.
They said the purpose of organizing the break of fast was to encourage the habit of brotherly love and sharing, especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan and other festivities between followers of the two major faiths in the country.
Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria Kaduna State Branch, Reverend John Ibrahim also called on Governments at all levels to continue to explore ways that will unite its people rather than divide them along race, religion or tribe in their actions and policies.
“I want to use this medium to commend Global Peace Foundation for this initiative to bringing us all to this place to fellowship and identify with our brothers from the Muslim faith and it is our hope and belief that the unity will not end here," he said.
Also commenting, the Secretary Jama’atul Nasril Islam Kaduna State Branch, Mallam Ibrahim Isa Kufena, described the program as worthy of emulation.
He noted that, there was the need for all hands to be on deck towards unity and love of one another, and for people to realize that we all chose to worship in the religion in which we do because we all have the right to belong to any faith without being harassed or intimidated.
According to the Global Council Trustee of United Religious Initiative, Mr Elisha Buba, “Whatever we do as humans, we must know that we are all one in the sight of God, and as such, let us preach peace and tolerate each others differences.
In his remark, Nigerian Union of Journlists (NUJ) Chairman Kaduna State Council, Comrade Garba Muhammad thanked the Global Peace Foundation for organizing the program which he noted that, members will key into the ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign through the contents of their reportage.