Group urges Sokoto residents to promote religious tolerance, inter-faith relations



A Sokoto-based NGO, Search for Common Ground, has urged residents of the state to promote religious tolerance and inter-faith relations in the interest national unity and development.

Its spokesman, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Emehel said at a press conference in Sokoto on Monday that religious harmony was crucial to the unity of the country.

He urged religious leaders at the community level to teach their members the need for faith-based organisations to coexist peacefully.

“The religious tolerance and harmony we preach at the national level should be taught at the community level, we must be united at all levels.

“It is our duty to localize the efforts at promoting national unity through religious tolerance and interfaith relations,” he said.

The clergy further stated that deepening religious tolerance at the grassroots would help to reduce violence.

Also speaking, Prof. Yahaya Tanko, a lecturer at Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto urged clergymen to preach messages that would encourage peaceful coexistence among religious groups.

He said there was need to establish institutions that would create platforms for religious dialogue, saying, “we must remain committed to peaceful coexistence”

Alhaji Maidawa Shagari, the lawmaker representing Shagari constituency in the state House of Assembly, described religious tolerance as a necessary factor for national peace and development.

Shagari, who is the House Committee Chairman on Judiciary and Human Rights, said that the assembly was committed towards evolving legislations to promote religious tolerance in the state.

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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