By Olasunkanmi Onifade
Ohadiugha launched the call at the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center (KAICIID) Fellows Roundtable on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue on the Protection of Holy Places in Abuja.
She said there was a need to better understand peaceful coexistence, saying ignorance and misperception had allowed resentment in the country.
“This country must move forward, we must work together at all levels to promote peace, we must focus on those things that unite us rather than those that separate us.
“We must respect each other’s religion, location and culture.
“If peace prevails, all will work together to bring about economic, political and social developments,” Ohadiugha said.
She said that the absence of peace triggers violence that begins in an individual through confrontational behaviors that are often caused by the actions and attitudes of other people.
Ohadiugha said the importance of peace for all could never be overstated as it affects everything from businesses to agriculture and the government could not provide social amenities if the projected areas are not at peace.
She said the country’s youth have a major role in promoting peace as they are the tallest in the country.
Ohadiugha advised the young people to use their potentials and skills to help develop the country rather than looking for greener pastures abroad.
The co-chair of the Interfaith Youth and Peacebuilding Network of Nigeria, Reverend Father John Okonkwo, urged religious leaders not to give in to guarantees of peaceful coexistence.
He also advised political authorities not to use religion as a means of dividing the country, adding that they should recognize the country’s diversity as a blessing.
Nigeria Muslim Society vice president Umar Lawal said there was a need to respect each other by making sure the law works for everyone, regardless of affiliation.
He advised young people to seek out beneficial knowledge and stop blaming others for their wrongdoing.
Program coordinator Stella Francis viewed the elements of violence as enemies of human dignity, mocking the level of civilization, knowledge and academic breakthroughs.
She said dialogue remains the effective tool through which the country can silence voices of violence and hatred.
“We hope to have a community that is more strengthened and matured in understanding, sharing respect for the difference of the other.
“Yet you might also like to know that there are others who come together as if we need to find ways to explore differences in culture and religion in order to mobilize groups for their benefit,” he said. said Francis.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization that promotes interfaith dialogue to prevent and resolve conflicts and is notably and continuously committed to providing human and capital resources for this purpose.
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