The former chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro, has urged Nigerians to learn how to live in harmony, respect one another and coexist as a federated nation devoid of ethnicity, religious bigotry condemning in strong terms the frequent bloodsheds as disheartening and ungodly.
Okiro said this during the inter – faith Peace Summit and Awards ceremony organized by Two – Faith Inter -Religious Youth Organization in collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, yesterday in Abuja.
He charged Nigerian youths not to allow themselves to be used by deleterious politicians to perpetuate evil in the name of religion and ethnicity that we are from one God. Instead of being more religious and less godly, we should change our attitude and let God fight for himself, vote credible individuals into offices during the election, people that can deliver and not based on religious sentiments or ethnicity, Nigeria deserves peace he stressed.
The president, Two-faith Inter-religious Youth Organisation, Evangelist Hillary Iheanacho said that the peace summit was predicated to dislodge violence orientation from our Nigerian society and promote the culture of peace, respect to human rights, sustain enduring tolerance, respect democratic accountability and free independent press and independent judiciary where every Nigerian will be able to afford justice without prejudices .
Also speaking, the Chief Imam, Apo Legislative Quarter, Sheikh Mohammad Nura reiterated the need for the church and the mosque to unite, accept each other irrespective of religious affiliation and work together to build Nigeria.
He, therefore, called on all religious leaders to dislodge violence orientation from our society and preach peace to all Nigerians, adding that if the energy invested in defending religion was directed towards defending human rights, Nigeria would have been a better place.
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