The National leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Nigeria , Dr Mashuud Adenrele Fashola, has urged Nigerians to uphold the spirit of religious tolerance in engagements.
The advice was made at the 4th International Peace Symposium held in Abuja for the Northern members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at.
Dr. Fashola said: “The need for promotion of religious tolerance and harmony is more critical especially because religious differences usually run parallel with ethnic and geo-political differences which inflame religious conflict and cause it to degenerate into ethnic and regional hostilities, not only in Nigeria but in the world generally. ”
The Naib Amir Northern Region, Dr. Yakeen Habeeb, in his welcome address, also harped on the need for all hands to be on deck to advance religious tolerance in Nigeria in order to promote peace and nation building.
“We must all uphold the religious rights and of course freedom of conscience for us to enjoy desired lasting national peace”, he said.
To underscore the importance of peaceful coexistence, honourary peace awards were bestowed on two Nigerians from various religious backgrounds. They are Pastor James Novel Wuye and Imam Muhammad Nurayan Ashafa of the Inter-faith Meditation Center, Kaduna, North Central Nigeria.
In its first edition, the Nigeria former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, was awarded while the Catholic Arch Bishop, Cardinal Onaiyekan and Barrister Yusuf Ali (SAN) were the awardees for the second and third editions.
The theme of the event was “Religious Tolerance and National Peace: Our Collective Obligations”.
The event had in attendance traditional rulers, religious leaders and public officials.
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