Some Christian and Muslim clerics on Thursday met in Kaduna to strengthen the search for peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, which drew clerics from various denominations and sects, was convened by Pastor Yohanna Buru, National President of Peace Revival and Recounciliation Foundation of Nigeria.
Buru, who is also the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry Sabon Tasha Kaduna, said it was important for Muslim and Christian scholars to lead in the search for peace in the state.
He said that such interactions would encourage followers of the two regions to forgive one another and live their lives in line with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Bible.
Buru said as religious leaders, they must “promote the real teaching of the two Holy Books to their followers on ways to be accommodating each other irrespective of religion, ethnicity, tribe, culture, norms, race, colour, sizes and state.
“We must join hands together to promote the teachings of forgiveness to our followers, so as to make our country regain her position.”
According to him, the meeting was aimed at promoting peace and religious tolerance among people of different faith.
“We must forgive ourselves when we hurt each other so as to move the country ahead,” he added.
“We want to eliminate the differences of inter and intra religious disputes through education and dialoguing with other scholars while also discussing issues related to forgiveness and better understanding among different faith base organizations in the country.
“Every major religion teaches you to treat others with love, and to respect the differences of opinion; all religions across the planet promote peace, love and tolerance.”
Buru called for the establishment of a national institute of comparatives studies to promote inter religious dialogue.
He urged traditional and religious bodies to work together and conduct regular and periodic review of early warning information to prevent crisis.
In his remarks, the state Chairman of Fityanul Islam, Mallam Rabiu Abdullahi, noted that ethno-religious and political crisis has set Nigeria backward, as such all well meaning Nigerians must encourage tolerance, dialogue and peaceful coexistence.
He said “we will continue to educate our Muslim followers on the importance of peace and tolerance while calling on both Muslims and Christians to embrace themserves as brothers.
“Nigeria needs prayers, therefore we must join hands and pray for peaceful coexistence and better understanding.”
He urged all levels of government to create job opportunities for Nigerians especially the youth in order to reduce the problems of insecurity in the country.
Abdullahi also called on parents to train their children properly as they would answer before God on the trust given to them by the Almighty.