The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has reiterated admonition for Nigerians to elect only credible leaders in the 2019 elections. He gave the advice in Lagos, at the 1st Stakeholder’s Dinner and Interactive session of Legacy Initiative International, an advocacy group for good leadership. The theme of the programme was: ‘Inter-Faith Collaboration in Nation- Building’.
The monarch, represented by Sarkin Sokoto, Alhaji Muazu Abubakar, urged the electorate to vote wisely to ensure that only those who could deliver got to power. “We are already in the season of politics, and many aspirants are busy trying to sell themselves to the electorate ahead of the 2019 elections. “I urge Nigerians to use their PVCs to vote wisely and according to their conscience in order to elect credible leaders,” he said. Abubakar also advised nonpartisan leaders to play their part to promote the emergence of credible leaders. He called for peaceful coexistence of citizens of different backgrounds, saying it was only in an atmosphere of peace that the goals of the nation would be realised.
In the same vein, the Kaduna Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations has declared plans to sponsor priests and Imams for higher degree programmes. The Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Rev. Josiah Idowu-Feron, who said this in Kaduna at a meeting with Prof. Heidi Hadsel of Hart Ford Seminary, United States, maintained that the sponsorship would cover second degree level.
”Our centre is an approved centre for education and wants to start running a Master program on chaplaincy mainly for Christian priests and Muslim Imams. ”So that as they teach in secondary schools and universities they should know on how Muslims and Christians relate together,” he said.
He explained that diversity in religion and tribe which is from God should not be used as a tool for division. According to Idowu-Feron, the centre is a creation of the peace commission in its efforts to deepen peace building and peaceful coexistence in Kaduna state and Northern Nigeria.
The centre, he said, is saddle with the responsibility of creating culture of understanding between Muslims and Christians and respect for their differences. ”We believe with understanding among us, we can all live peacefully. We are starting a programs at the centre with 20 Muslims and 20 Christians to undergo a certificate program,” he said. He explained that the regular meeting with stakeholder organized by the commission was to demonstrate the need for various faith based organizations to work together to promote a culture of peace and respect for religious differences.
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