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Achieving religious harmony in Nigeria is a collective responsibility, say Muslim and Christian scholars


A senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Ibadan, Dr Ibrahim Uthman, stressed the need for all stakeholders to work together in promoting peace and harmony among different faiths in the country.

Dr Uthman, who said last weekend in Ibadan, Oyo State, at a one-day seminar organized by the Cardinal Onaiyekan Peace Foundation (COFP), in collaboration with Tinuke Layi Muritala, noted that it is the responsibility of every Nigerian to educate others on the imperative of religious harmony in the interest of peace and development.

Speaking on the theme “Islam, dialogue and peacebuilding in an interfaith context”, the don said it was important for Muslims, Christians and followers of other faiths to come together to find solutions to the challenges the country is currently facing, particularly in the area of ​​security.

The event, held at the NUT Resource Centre, Samonda, saw the participation of many religious leaders.

Reverend Olusegun Olawale, who represented the President of the Oyo State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), stressed the need for all to always place ‘the humanity that unites us’ above any other consideration.

He praised the organizers, describing the seminar as one that was able to help bring peace to society.

He called on every Nigerian to show tolerance, love and peace in their dealings with others.

The organizer, who is also a member of the COFP, Tinuke Layi Muritala, said the theme of the seminar affirms the importance of inter-religious dialogue which, according to her, aims to promote peaceful coexistence in society.

“In an effort to contribute to the ongoing peacebuilding efforts in Oyo State, I have, in collaboration with the Cardinal Onaiyekan Peace Foundation (COFP), organized this capacity building training workshop This workshop aims to encourage participants to bring the knowledge gained back to their communities and train others,” she said.

Speaking on the theme “Christian, Dialogue and Peacebuilding in an Interreligious Context”, a senior lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Reverend (Dr) Job Okuneye, said that the workshop would help create understanding between adherents of different religions.

According to Rev. Okuneye, for there to be lasting peace and development in Nigeria, citizens must put aside religious feelings and love each other.

Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Nasril-Lahi-l-Fathi Society (NASFAT), Oyo Zone 1, Alhaji Adebayo Azeez, called for continued inter-religious dialogue to be able to quickly identify problems and quell them. in the egg.

He said constant engagements between followers of different religions would help shape the best ways to solve problems.


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