9 May 2012

Nigeria: Adeboye in London, Calls for World Peace

Lagos — The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, was last weekend honoured in London, by religious leaders and diplomats in celebration of his 70th birthday.

Speaking at an International Summit of Religious and Political Leaders put together by the Christ Redeemer Friends Trust and the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics as part of the activities marking his 70th birthday in London, Adeboye reiterated the call for a global enforcement of the various United Nations resolutions on the advancement of the culture of peace.

Addressing an audience made up of over 250 politicians, religious leaders, ambassadors and civic dignitaries, Adeboye who was in the company of his wife, Folu, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, noted that he had first advocated the advancement of world peace at the United Nations in June 2011 in partnership with Knesset Rabbi Zeev, Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics.

His words: "We held a conference at the UN to try to empower for the first time, a global network of spiritual leaders, educators, and government officials, as a leading force for peace through the creation of a partnership to fight against intolerance, racism, terrorism and violence on all levels.

"The initiative that we are hoping to develop will be aimed at constructing the defence of peace in the minds of men by creating a culture of peace as called for in numerous United Nations resolutions".

"A culture for peace is a way to live together, it requires non-violence, tolerance and solidarity while acknowledging and respecting variety of traditions."

Other speakers at the event were the Grand Mufti of Bosina, Dr. Mustafa Ceric, Chief Rabbi of Geneva, Rabbi Dayan M.K, Rabbi Nissim Zeev, Baroness Caroline Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) and many others.

Adeboye was also hosted by Queen Elizabeth II's Foreign Office Minister at the Foreign Office; Mr. Henry Bellingham and a reception was held at House of Lords by Baroness Caroline Cox, a cross bench member of the British House of Lords and Chief Executive Officer, Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) in Honour of the General Overseer.

In his vote of thanks, Pastor Adeboye stated that, "This reception marks the end to what has been a busy but hugely productive and informative visit to London. Today, many of us took part in a seminar looking at the role of religion in promoting piece and conflict resolution.

Since the beginning of my journey within the Redeemed Christian Church of God this has been a subject matter close to my heart. Indeed while at times it may lead to dispute I believe fundamentally that religion is an overwhelmingly positive force in forging peace in the world.

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