Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Friday said diversity of faith should not be a reason for division and violent conflict.

He was addressing some 22 senior Christian and Muslim clerics that attended the event.

According to him, โ€œthe decision to gather leaders of faith in a joint endeavour for peace and harmony in our state reflects our belief that religion does not have to divide.โ€™โ€™

Mr El-Rufai argued that โ€œthe diversity of faith can be a vehicle for unity when adherents respect the rights of every human being to life, liberty and livelihood, as creatures of God.โ€™โ€™

He asked for the support of the leaders in ensuring that the conduct of people more closely mirrors the message of peace and compassion in the major religions…….

โ€œBelief in God ought to compel people of faith to cherish a common humanity, and to stand up for everybody, not just the people with whom they share a common religion,โ€™โ€™ he said.

Mr El-Rufai also said that the people of Kaduna state have to work together to ensure that widespread adherence to religion translates into a broad constituency for peace, adding that โ€œdivision and conflict amidst intense religiosity is not our destiny.โ€™โ€™

Twenty two Muslim clerics and Christian clergymen attended the inauguration and they include Archbishop Ali Buba Lamido of the Anglican Diocese of Wusasa; Bishop Timothy Yahaya; Rev. Professor Moses Audi and Rev Ishaya Adamu Jangado.

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