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Nigerian Leaders Call for Peace

ICC Note:

Leaders in Nigeria call for peace between religious groups amist recent violance. This comes after many attacks by Muslims against Christians in the central states of Nigeria. Boko Haram, which has been the perpertrator of most attacks, are still active in many parts of Nigeria even though they suffered to loss of several security offices last week. Without more decisive action, it is likely that Christians will continue to suffer some of the most severe persecution in sub-Sa

9/24/2012 Nigeria (AllAfrica) - Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa'ad Abubakar III on Friday emphasised the need for unity and peace among Nigerians.

Sambo who declared open the third Unity Conference for the South-south and South-east Muslim Ummah at the Le' Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, said the conference was to foster unity, peace and love in the country.

He commended the sponsors of the conference on the theme "Peaceful Co-existence in a Multi-Religious and Multi-cultural Society" announced that the Federal Government has created many jobs through infrastructure for the unemployed youths.

In a similar vein, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa'ad Abubakar III also renewed the call for Nigerians to embrace peace and unity in spite of the difference in their religious beliefs.

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The Sultan who was in Uyo for the third Unity conference said, "Whether we are Christians or Muslims, we must live in peace with one another in whatever part of the country we find ourselves. If we are united, we would contribute better to the development of the country. So, we must put aside our differences and embrace peace and unity".

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The Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, who was also at the conference noted that Nigeria's future was bright, saying peace is preached by Christians and Muslims.

Tambuwal called on Nigerians to embrace peace and unity instead of letting their differences to pull them apart.

Governor Godswill Akpabio warned against the use of politics, religious sentiments and ethnicity to break the country's bond of brotherhood, saying "Be it a Chrisitian or Muslim, we must know that God wants love and peace, because through peace we can have true development and we believe this country would make it.

Akpabio remarked "We should not focus on things that would divide us but rather on things that unite us. After this conference, peace would return to Nigeria. We should preach peace to the youths on unity, love and ask them to abhor violence. We need more of this dialogue and association for the country for it is with interaction, we shall understand each other the more".

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The Sultan, who lauded Akpabio on his development strides in the state, commended the governor for his efforts in bringing the Christians and Muslims together to live in peace, noting that there could not be any sustainable development without peace and peace without unity.

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