By Hassana Yakubu
Kaduna, Aug.31, 2020 The Interfaith Mediation Centre in Kaduna has said that dialogue remained the best way to promote peaceful coexistence amongst the people of Kaduna State.
This was contained in a statement issued at the end of the group’s monthly meeting held in Kaduna.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a renowned Islamic Scholar, in a paper delivered at the meeting, recommended dialogue as the best way to promote peaceful coexistence, especially in Kaduna.
Gumi pointed out that dialogue was what the two major religions of Christianity and Islam preached, stressing that members of communities must engage in active dialogue as a way of ensuring peaceful coexistence.
He said that poverty and ignorance were some of the factors that have led to the emergence of banditry, Boko Haram insurgency and kidnapping in the country.
The scholar said that the current situation in Kaduna State now required advocacy for peace to resolve the lack of trust between the Muslims and Christians, so as to give them hope.
Also, Rev. Mathew Man’Oso said “both Holy Books have directed their followers to always be tolerant in whatever they do, because the two religions promote peaceful coexistence.
“A religious leader’s voice is more powerful to the people than that of any other leader.
” This gives faith-based groups, an opportunity to play unique roles in this crisis, by being the voice of God to the people.
“This will in turn bring them comfort and hope while fostering forgiveness and reconciliation,” Man’Oso, who was represented by Rev. Daniel Kyom, said.
The clergyman spoke on the topic: “Roles of Enhancing Faith-Based Groups in Promoting Peaceful Coexistence: Taking Southern Kaduna as a Case Study.
Both clerics urged Journalists in the country, especially those based in Kaduna to endeavour to promote peaceful coexistence and love among the residents in the state.