By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the auspices of the Eye Opener Youth and Women Foundation, said forgiveness is the key to success and development in any society.
Marking this Year’s Global Forgiveness Day, the President/Founder of the Foundation, Mrs. Margaret Julius said at the weekend when she took the campaign of forgiveness to the Sabon-Gari, Nassarawa Community in Gwagwada District of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Mrs. Julius noted that without forgiveness there would be no achievements even in the family, hence, forgiveness is the key to success.
“On behalf of The Eye Opener Youth and Women Foundation, we are calling on Nigerians to please forgive one another so that we can have a better community and nation.
“If you are a woman here and have grudges against your spouse, we say please forgive him because unforgiveness hinders prayers,” she pleaded.
Also speaking, the Chief Coordinator of the Foundation in Chikun LGA, Mr. Umar Bello said the group was at the community to sensitize the people on the importance of Global Forgiveness Day, and to also seek for forgiveness from the citizens.
According to him, the Sabon-Gari Nassarawa Community in Gwagwada District has witnessed so many crises. He said there were houses that were razed down during such crisis which for the past 20 years were still lying in reins and never rebuilt.
He enjoined the people to be united to enable them fight the monsters that were dividing them along ethnic and religious lines, pointing out that if they do not forgive one another they would not understand what the elites were doing to them.
“Please do not go back home habouring ill-feelings towards your neigbhour. If there’s anyone you have offended or has offended you, please go back home and tell him/her to forgive you because today is a day of forgiveness and see what the Almighty God will do for you,” Bello said.
In his remarks, the District Head of Gwagwada, Alhaji Shittu Abdullahi, who was represented by Secretary of the district Mr. Ibrahim Yau, thanked the Foundation for the campaign.