Niger - Dr Amina Bello, the wife of the Niger State Governor, has appealed to Nigerians, especially women, to work towards strengthening peaceful coexistence and neighbourliness.
She gave the charge after the daily Ramadan feast with women religious groups in Minna.
Bello lamented that an invisible gap had been created by misconceptions that the average Muslim hated the average Christian.
According to her, this caused major divisions among the adherents of the two major religions.
“It is not true that an average Muslim hates Christians, it is just a misconception because from the way we are, II know that we all have nothing against each other and coming together to breakfast with women leaders of both religious groups is a way to bridge the gap and show our followers that we love one another,” Abubakar, wife of Abubakar Sani Bello, said.
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She tasked women religious leaders to preach tolerance among the laity so as to check the activities of quack religious leaders who preaches hate and intolerance.
“If we start this way, it will send a message to the people that if their leaders can be together peacefully, then they should also emulate by respecting other people's religion and the sky will be our limit.”
Bello also urged the women to use the holy month of Ramadan to reflect and teach the younger generation to be tolerant and allow people around them practice their religion without hitch, let or hindrance.
“I pray that we will take our time in this holy month to reflect and teach the younger ones a new way to look at life and that life can be as simple as it can if we all live together peacefully” she said.
- CAJ News