International joint delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Royal AAL AL-BAYT met on Wednesday in Kaduna over religious crisis in Nigeria.
The delegation led by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan and the General Secretary of WCC, Rev. Olav Tveit from Norway also paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Patrick Yakowa.
Speaking during the visit, Muhammad said the delegation would visit some states to interact with Christian and Muslim faithful on inter-religious crisis.
He said the delegates would also intervene, where necessary, to bring peace and unity among the diverse people in the country.
The leader of the Christian delegation, Tveit, stressed the need for peaceful and harmonious co-existence between the followers of the two religions for the development of the country.
He reiterated the commitment of the two inter-religious bodies towards assisting in promoting peaceful co-existence in parts of the world.
In his speech, Yakowa said their intervention would assist in dousing the ethno-religious conflicts that had bedeviled the state for several years.
The governor described the incessant crisis in the state as ``unfortunate and unnecessary,’’saying that the crisis had led to the loss of several lives and properties in the state.
He said the state government would provide palliatives to the victims of the post-presidential election crisis in the state.
According to him, the Bureau for Religious Affairs, CAN, JNI, traditional rulers, Judicial Committee on Inquiries and Peace and Reconciliation Committee are working to ensure peace and unity in the state.
``We are so interwoven that we do not have any choice but to live peacefully and co-exist together to harness the natural resources bestowed on us,’’ he said.
He said his objective was to make the state secured, unite the people and develop the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other members of the Muslim delegation include the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Dr Mustafa Cleric and the President, Higher Council for Islamic Affairs, Chad, Shakyh Hussein Abubaakar.
The Christian delegation include the Anglican Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop Alex Malasusa from Tanzania, President of WCC, USA, Dr Bernice Jackson, Bishop John Onaiyekan and others.