By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A team of Christian and Muslim clerics in Kaduna led by Pastor Yohannah Buru, on Wednesday commenced this year’s World Interfaith Week and Harmony with campaigns in schools and communities to deepen peace, and religious tolerance in the state.
According to Buru, the week long event provides a platform for all interfaith groups and peace networks including NGOs, CSOs and other stakeholders of goodwill to show to the world what a powerful movement they are.He explained that the event is part of efforts to strengthen inter-and intra-religious relationship to prevent and counter violent extremism. It also promote peace building, reconciliation and conflict transformation, which is part of the ceremony globally.
He noted that the international event extends two commandments: Love of the Good, and Love of the Neighbour, which is applicable to all faith based organizations across the world.He said the world need peace and unity, and that could be achieved through prayers and peace dialoque.
Buru also said that to make statements or generalisations of religion, the concept of a specific religion or group of religions, we need to engage in comparative study of religions to reduce ethno-religious attacks and blasphemy.
“Yearly there is a line up of activities, such as taking campaigns to various places. This year’s activities include a football match among communities. Campaigns to rural areas, Mosques, Churches, among others,” he said.
Also speaking, a Peace Advocate, Mallam Abdulhadi Abdullahi, called on both Christians and Muslims to promote the culture of peace and unity; saying we must keep praying for our nation.
He urged the Kaduna Peace Commission and similar NGOs to follow suit.
The World Interfaith Week and Harmony is observed every first week of Feburary 1st -7th.