Religious leaders urged to preach peace, forgiveness

Asma'u Halilu Kaduna

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Kaduna State Peace Commission has called on religious Leaders to redouble efforts in preaching peace, love and forgiveness to their followers at the pulpits.

The Chairman of the Commission, Reverend Idowu Fearon made the call at a consultative dialogue forum with religious Leaders aimed at promoting religious harmony in the State.

He said the essence of the meeting was to consult with religious leaders due to the vital roles they play in disseminating messages to their followers

According to him, religious leaders must be loving and compassionate towards members of both faiths. They must possess good qualities and be role models to their followers.

Fearon emphasised the need for religious leaders to remain humble, saying humility is an important aspect of life.

“All religions including traditionalist must be respected. We all believe in one God and are all equal before God, hence, the need to understand other faiths and be open minded towards each other to promote peaceful co-existence”.

The Chairman disclosed further that, the issue of peace is very clear and significant in both religions which the holy books preach. “We are all descendants of one raise and are all equal before God irrespective of our ethnicity and religions”.

“Religious leaders should be open to see good in all religions. It is important for us to use our differences to make Kaduna peaceful because ignorance has not helped in any way”, he emphasised.

Peaceful Coexistence
In his remarks, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reiterated the need for peaceful coexistence as priority across the State which will be attained.

The Governor, who was represented by Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affair said, government will continue to open doors for positive partnerships while facilitating with the State Peace Commission for the important dialogue.

“We need regular lines of communication and processes of dialogue to work through the difficult conflicts we face when religion and other major identity concerns become engaged in the issues that divide us, hence, we need to put efforts towards peace building”.

“Many of you have sacrificed your time, energy and resources for peace and security of our State. Many of you have been called names, denigrated and ostracized, but your genuine commitment for the peace of Kaduna State and humanity remains unshaken”. 

The State Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Sunday Ibrahim calls on all to involve in consultation with sincere hearts.

He gave the assurance that, the Christian community will always work for peace as stated in the holy book. Meaningful development can only be achieved in a sustained peaceful society.

His counterpart, Ibrahim Kufena, the Kaduna State Secretary, Jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI said dilogue is extremely important in all ramifications of life.

Kufena reminded Muslims of the teaching of Islam which emphasises on peaceful coexistence with everyone.

He also called on religious leaders who take advantage of their followers to fear Allah as they will account for their deeds.

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