Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has called on the religious leaders in the country to unite themselves and develop a road map that will manage the diversities among various religions for the development of the country.
The governor stated this in Kano while inaugurating a 23-man committee on Inter-Religious Conference which is scheduled to hold in Kano, with many clerics, pastors and reverends form both Muslims and Christians in attendance.
Ganduje said it is high time that Nigerians embrace and manage the diversity in the country to focus towards maintaining peace and harmony which will lead the country to a success land, hence the need for the religious leaders to set the tune for people.
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He added that the religious leaders have an important role to play in educating politicians against making utterances that will make the divisions between religions, tribes and ethnic nationalities to become wider and intolerable.
According to him, “Kano been a cosmopolitan city, drive its maganifity from people who came from all over Africa and settle in the state, which prompted the need to have regular dialogue among the various religions for peace to rein in the state. So, to coexist with other tribes and religions is a tradition in Kano.
“Also, management of diversity in Nigeria is becoming a national issue that has to be considered as an important agenda in order to continue existing as a strong nation in Africa. As such it is time for the religious leaders to come together, share ideas about religious tolerance, and also to appreciate and embrace one another for peace and progress of the state.”
Ganduje who said this is the third time the state is organizing Inter-religious conference, explained that this time around it is giving a national outlook by engaging people from different states of the country that represents both Muslims and Christians, adding that part of the committee’s responsibilities is to propose a date, resource persons and venue for the conference.
On their separate remarks, the Chairman and Co-chairman of the committee, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Usman and Archbishop Peter said the committee will ensure a productive conference that will unite Nigerians irrespective of their religions.