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Ramadan: Governor Lalong and Onaiyekan call for peace and religious tolerance

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Ramadan: Governor Lalong and Onaiyekan call for peace and religious tolerance

By Muhyideen Jimoh

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau called on Nigerians, regardless of their religious beliefs, to use the period of Ramadan to promote peace and tolerance in the country.

Lalong phoned Abuja Thursday night about breaking the fast (Iftar) and feeding about 2,000 people by Islamic society Al-Habibiyyah in Abuja.

The governor who denounced the wave of insecurity and religious intolerance in the country stressed the need for religious and ethnic harmony.

“I am here tonight to break the fast with Muslims and Christians because I have been told that even Christians join in breaking the fast here.

“This is good and this is how we can promote peace and unity, all other leaders must also encourage religious harmony.

“I can do anything for peace,” he said.

Lalong, who is also the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, called on all governors to work more closely with religious and traditional leaders to anchor peace in their states.

He said that as part of the effort to achieve peace in the Plateau, he had created a peace agency and an interfaith council.

Lalong called on Muslims to use the period of Ramadan to intensify prayers for peace in Nigeria while expressing optimism that Nigeria will soon overcome its security challenges.

Earlier, Cardinal John Onaiyekan praised the initiative to feed the less privileged and also called for peace and unity among Nigerians.

He called on government at all levels to deal decisively with the few criminals who terrorize the country, adding that Nigerians are generally peace-loving.

Al-Habibiyyah Mosque national chief Imam Fuad Adeyemi said around 1,000 to 2,000 less privileged Muslims and people of other faiths are fed daily and that this will continue throughout the Ramadan period.

He said the program was part of the Al-Habibiyyah Food Bank program aimed at helping the less privileged and fostering unity among Nigerians.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the program is an annual event during the period of Ramadan, which promotes peace, unity and care for the less privileged. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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