The Sultan of Sokoto and the Chairman General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Daniel Okoh, have appealed to Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliation and ethnic differences, to work together to ensure peace and justice in the country.
The duo made the call during the 2022 Quarter 3 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), held in Lagos on Monday.
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Sultan of Sokoto, the chairman of NIREC said religious leaders must be fair and just to win the trust of the people.
He urged Muslims and Christians in Nigeria to unite in pursuit of peace and justice as they are inseparable.
Furthermore, Okoh, who is the co-chairman of NIREC, urged Nigerians to shun tribal sentiments and elect leaders with capability.
NIREC Executive Secretary Cornelius Omonokhua said the meeting aimed to change existing narratives to allow justice and peace to reign in Nigeria.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in his office, Dr Maurice Nnamdi Mbaeri, said Nigerians must create the change needed to live in unity and harmony. harmony.
Speaking on the theme of the meeting, “Working Together for Justice and Peace”, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said that the promotion of unity, peace, justice and tranquility in Nigeria would lead to peaceful coexistence among peoples.
Commenting on the seven-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Sanwo-Olu and Sultan called on the union to call off the strike and bring students back to school.
They urged ASUU and the federal government to urgently find common ground to resolve the lingering issues.