The Co-Chairman, Sabon Gari Interfaith Community, Imam Tijjani Ibrahim says advocating for peace among followers of different religions in Nigeria is major catalyst of having a conflict free society.
Imam Ibrahim stated while organizing a community dialogue between Muslims and Christians in Sabon Gari community facilitated by the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace, CIPP project.
He said Nigeria has suffered a lot from instability due to several communal crisis saying it is time for the country to surmount the sufferings in order to move the nation to the dream land.
The co-chairman said they (Sabon Gari community) have resolved to embrace peace and tolerate one another and spread the peace and love.
“Nigeria, we have suffered and we are still suffering of lack of peace. So we think we have to start from somewhere”
“We urge the cleric leaders to look at verses from the holy books that preach peace and emphasis more on them. No reason that we should fight or kill one another,”
Similarly, his counterpart and the Co-Chairman, Reverend Zafaniya Isah said with the coming together of the people (Sabon Gari community) they have resolved to reject and say no to signs of division.
“We want this to serve as a model to other parts of the country because we want to refuse the signs of division, fighting that we are seeing. We want to reject it and that is why we have come up with this at this time to make sure that we talk to ourselves. We are all Nigerians, we can talk to ourselves, we can refuse any kind of external influence or any politician that will like to pollute our hearts and divide us for their selfish interest.
“Peace is so important in every community because without peace there would be no progress and nothing would work.
“We believe the government are trying on their own but they cannot do everything that we are looking for and that is why we the community have to come together and make sure that we chose to live in peace. We want to have ownership of the community dialogue,” Rev. Isah said.
Earlier, the Senior Programme Officer of Mercy Corps under CIPP project, Emmanuel Shall said it selected Sabon Gari community because it is a diverse community with several religions and over 32 dominant languages and can be a flash point for conflict hence the need to create homogeneity and cohesion among the residents.