15 November 2012

Nigeria: Peace Initiative Leader Blames Misunderstanding On Religious Conflicts

Amb. Liberty Okon, President, Joint Faith Peace Initiative (JFPI), on Thursday blamed conflicts in the polity on the lack of understanding of opposing religious views.

Okon made this known in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Minister of State, FCT, Chief Olajumoke Akinjide.

He said that conflicts were mostly caused by misunderstanding between one another through breakdown in communication, misunderstanding which had made Nigerians to live in suspicion of each other.

" We have been working so tirelessly in maintaining peace and security, especially in the Federal Capital in particular and Nigeria in general.

"The question remains why must I posses a knife or keep a gun to protect myself against my own brother in case of religious crisis, and why must we accept to die like fools," he queried.

He said that the initiative which comprised Muslim and Christian brethrens was saddled with the duty of sustaining the prevailing peace in FCT.

The JFPIA leader said that the initiative had been facing some challenges among which were mobility, piece of land for the inter-face resource centre and N5 million to pay for three-bedroom for office accommodation.

Okon also presented the minister of state with an award titled: "Interfaith Leadership Award 2012"as a worthy ambassador of peace not only in FCT but in the country. Responding, Akinjide said that the award was a great privilege, pointing out it served as a tonic to ginger her for more commitment to serve humanity.

She said that adherents of Islam and Christianity should embrace peace, harmony, love and understanding because both religions were pursuing a common goal.

She urged the organisers of the initiative to pass through due process of applying for a plot of land, adding that adequate attention would be given to their demand.

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