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Clerics harp on need for peaceful co-existence among citizens

09 April 2015, 06:46Mohammed Bababusu

Lafia - Some clerics in Nasarawa State have stressed the need for Nigerians to unite and live in peace with one another.

Ustaz Nurudeen Omotosho and Reverend Joseph Yilkyes, who were guest speakers at a dialogue for peaceful coexistence among the people of the state, made the appeal on Wednesday in Lafia.

The forum was organised by NGO, Cleric Movement for Peace.

According to them, without peace and unity, socio-economic development will continue to elude any society.

The clergy men said there was the need for Nigerians to continue to live in peace, irrespective of religious, tribal, political or ethnic differences.

"Nigerians must also be free to live in any part of the country. The nation belongs to all of Nigerians,'' they added.

They said Nigerians should always be their brothers' keepers, as well as continue to be patriotic.

"Nigeria has great potentials. Your diversity should be a source of strength. People must learn to tolerate and get along with each other.

According to the clerics, "history has shown that countries that make progress are those whose communities live in peace with each other".

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They both urged politicians, the media and individuals to make a pledge against violence before, during or after the general elections.

In his submission, Ustaz Omotosho appealed to political and religious leaders to use religion as a tool to foster unity, peace and harmonious coexistence among Nigerians.

According to him, "the two major religions of the world, Islam and Christianity, preach peace, as such the leaders of both religion should join hands and to foster the unity of Nigerians''.

"Both Islam and Christian abhor violence as such their adherents should practise their teachings to the followers,'' the cleric said.

Reverend Yilkyes said peace was a veritable tool for any nation to develop, adding that leaders should strive to preach peaceful co-existence at all times.

Earlier, the conveners of the meeting, Apostle Ajewole Gabriel and Ustaz Aliyu Bawa, said their mission was to foster the spirit of oneness among societal people, irrespective of religion and political affiliation.

They said the organisation was poised to teach and preach peace, love and unity at all times, to bring the best relationship out of people through seminars, workshops and inter-religious conventions


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