The International Centre for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony (ICIPH) is trying to gather Religious leaders from Christianity and Islam in Nigeria to end the violence going on in Northern Nigeria. The leader of the group, Reverend Venerable Mallam believes that the religious leaders are key to ending the violence that has plagued the Northern half of Nigeria for many years. They have had a gathering of more than 40 Religious leaders come together so far and have trained 55 new young “peace ambassadors” to help spread the message of interfaith peace and existence.
2017-09-23 Nigeria (DailyTrust) The International Centre for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony (ICIPH) at the weekend said it will mobilize religious leaders in the northern states to promote peace and harmony among Muslims and Christian in Nigeria.
The Co-Coordinator of the center, Reverend Venerable Mallam made this known at a stakeholder’s forum and first year anniversary of the center in Kaduna.
According to him, religious leaders are key to ensuring lasting peace in the country; saying they have a crucial role to play in ensuring religious harmony among Christians and Muslims in the country. This effort he said was part of the center’s goal of promoting healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians; noting that this goal cannot be achieved without fostering inter-religious partnership and sensitizing communities on the need for peaceful co-existence.
“The religious leaders will therefore use their existing platforms to propagate the message of peace and tolerance,” he said.
At a consultative forum with 40 leaders of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) from the 19 northern states and Federal Capital Territory earlier organized by the center, another Co-coordinator of the center, Muhammad Mai disclosed that the center has from 2016 to date trained 55 youths as peace ambassadors to promote peaceful co-existence at the grassroots in Kaduna and Plateau states.
While he explained that 12 Christians and 12 Muslims were trained in Kaduna state, he stated that 31 were trained from both religions in Plateau state.
The trained youths, he said, are always at the center of crisis in the country and must be involved in the peace building process.
He further mentioned that ICIPH has also empowered 600 men and women in Yobe and Borno states with some amount of money to help ease their pains.