Sultan of Sokoto Inaugurates Interfaith Board of Peace And Reconciliation
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has inaugurated an eight-man National Governing Board of an Interfaith Center for Documentation of Truth, Peace and Reconciliation in Kaduna on Monday.
Alhaji Abubakar, while inaugurating the new board members, said the peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims is very paramount because without peace there will be no stability and development.
He noted that, “Nobody can come from anywhere to force peace on us; it is we that can enforce peace for ourselves. We would support any interfaith body that aims at building peace and making the country peaceful. This particular one is not doing away with other interfaith organizations; it stands on its own.”
The Sultan also admonished Nigerians to continue to work for peace and stability, noting that, it is the responsibility of all to ensure there is peaceful coexistence.
President Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Rev Emmanuel Josiah Udofia, in a remark said, the center will provide a platform for peaceful coexistence and reconciliations.
He called on board members to work in unity for the emancipation of the country, while urging Nigerians to embrace one another, irrespective of one’s religious affiliations.
The formation of the board was part of recommendations made by a joint delegation from the World Council of Churches and the Royal Aal al-Bayt Foundation three years ago, as a result of incessant Muslim-Christian conflicts in Nigeria.
The centre is created solely to document truth, promote peace and reconciliation, as well as address issues of trauma, conflict and peace building.
The Board members include: Prof. D.O.S Noibi, Rev. Yusuf Ibrahim Wushishi, Dr. Khalid Abubarkar Aliyu, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Dr. Atiku Balarabe Zawiya, Mrs. Uzoaku Juliana Williams, Rt. Rev. Timothy Yahaya, and Hajiya Aishat Ahmed Hassan.