Nigeria: Traditional ruler caution citizens against spreading rumour
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Jibril Mai Gwari II has advisedNigerians to always cross check their facts on sensitiveissues rather than spread rumours for selfish reasons. Nigeria as a nation suffered series of ethno and religious crisis that claimed so many lives and property worth millions of (naira) Nigeria's currency destroyed in the past.
The emir gave the advice when Global Peace Foundation Nigeria visited Birnin Gwari on Thursday 18/08/2016 for a sensitization on its ‘One family Under God’campaign.
The Emir who spoke through the District Head of Tsakiya, Ja’afaru ZubairuJibril, explained that rumour mongering does a lot of havoc to the society,as many innocent souls and properties are lost due to rumours.
He applauded the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria for choosing the area forits campaign which he noted will go a long way in strengthening the bond ofoneness amongst the diverse people in the area.
The Emir also tasked those present to scale up the message One Family UnderGod to their immediate community so as to achieve the best result.
Earlier, Northern Co-coordinator Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, Rev.Joseph John Hayab said the purpose of the visit was to strengthen peacebuilding process in the community, encourage them to take ownership of theprocess and to respect each other’s differences.
He noted that the ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign was created out of thedesire that, all human being irrespective of religion and race aredescendants of Adam and Eve which makes us members of one family in theeyes of God.
Northern Co-coordinator, Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya, noted that all humans must learn to live according to theteachings of their religion, noting that it is the only way to peaceful coexistence.
He pointed out that selfishness; ignorance and illiteracy are the majorcauses of violence in the society, hence, GPFN desire to disabuse the mindof the people through the ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign.
Speaking separately, Adullahi Abubakar, Nasiru Mohammad Liman, and SahabiAliyu Mohammed commended GPFN for its foresight and advised the Foundationto educate religious leaders on the importance of preaching on what unitesthe people than what divides them as a people.