Nation-Building and religious bridges in Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA – Abuja Muslim Forum (AMF) says it is collaborating with Christian organisations to build a peaceful and organised society in Nigeria.

Malam Mohammed Shehu, the Assistant Secretary-General of the forum, made this known when he led the forum’s executive members on courtesy visit to Mr Ima Niboro, Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that such collaboration was also aimed at fostering peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, owing to the fact that the country is a multi-religious society.

Shehu added that the current security situation in the country, arising from the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, called for frequent interaction between the Muslims and Christians in the country.

He stressed that if there was cooperation between various religious groups, it would be easy to build and maintain a peaceful and united nation.

“Nigeria is a multi-religious society and Muslims, particularly the Abuja Muslim Forum, feels that there is need for good neighbourliness, peace between the Muslims and Christians in Nigeria.

“The forum has over the years collaborated with Christian organisations, particularly the Catholic church.

“In 2002, we had a conference, organised with the Catholic Secretariat on ethics and evolvement of good leadership and we subsequently attended programmes organised by different Christian organisations.’’

Shehu urged NAN to collaborate with the forum in the area of publicity, adding that the aim of the visit was to inform the agency of the forum’s activities.

He said that organisation would hold lecture at the National Mosque on Oct. 24, to mark the Muslim new calendar year.

According to him, the theme of the lecture is ‘’The Relevance of Hijrah to Nation Building and Good Governance’’.

Shehu added that the forum would also visit orphanages and hospitals in Abuja as part of the activities marking the occasion.

Responding, Niboro commended the forum for its commitment and contribution to nation building and Muslim leaders for their contribution to the peace of Nigeria.

The managing director stressed the need for understanding among Nigerians, irrespective of differences, to create a strong and better society.

Niboro assured the forum that NAN would give the forum the necessary publicity it deserved, to ensure the success of its activities. (NAN)

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