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, “the 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.’’
Mr El-Rufai argued that “the 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.’’
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…….
“Belief 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,’’ 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 “division and conflict amidst intense religiosity is not our destiny.’’
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.