Foundation Proffers Solution To Development

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.

According to her, virtually all facets of human life in the society, and the world at large are full of unresolved conflicts, adding that there were so many challenges in our communities that have hindered Nigeria from moving forward.

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.

“Before now we relate with one another, share things in common and eat together, but today the elites have succeeded in their mandate of divide and rule because we do not forgive one another. This is what is happening in Nigeria,” he said

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.

Similarly, the Youth Leader of Gwagwada District, Abubakar Abdullahi, commended the Foundation for the event; and called on the people to forgive one another for a peaceful society.

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.

The Scribe however called on the Foundation not to limit it message of forgiveness to Gwagwada District alone, but to spread it to the entire state as without peace there will be no meaningful development.
The Global Forgiveness Day is observed on July 7. It is a day to forgive, and a day to be forgiven.

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