CAN,  NSCIA Have signed a peace treaty ahead of the 2023 general elections

The and the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) have signed a peace treaty in order to de-escalate religious tensions in Nigeria ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The peace accord was signed in Washington D.C., United States, at the International Religious Freedom Summit 2022, which was organised by the Global Peace Foundation and 70 international human rights and religious freedom organisations.

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It is intended to foster a peaceful and secure environment among Nigerians in order to create a welcoming environment before, during, and after the 2023 general elections, allowing citizens to freely exercise their franchises.

Prof. Yusuf Usman represented the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), and Rev. Samson Ayokunle, its immediate past President, at the meeting aimed at ensuring the success of the two signing the peace pact.

Ayokunle stated in a statement that the leaders of Muslim and Christian organisations have pledged to continue working together, to avoid violence, to embrace dialogue, and to remain committed to building resilient, fear-free communities.

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He went on to say that the two religious bodies promised to embrace a vision of common humanity and publicly express hope for Nigeria’s peaceful and bright future.

Parts of the statement are as follows: “Nigeria is going through a difficult period, with security crises escalating and a widespread lack of trust in the government.

Unfortunately, religion has played a role in so much of Nigeria’s crisis.

“I recall the horrifying death of Deborah Emmanuel Yakubu, who was murdered by a mob over blasphemy allegations.

“Similarly, there was the shocking attack on the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Pentecost Sunday, which left so many people dead.

Almost every day, another priest is kidnapped or murdered.

“At the same time, I am aware that there are many Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike, who despise this violence and simply want to live in peace with their fellow believers of other faiths, as we have done for so long.

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“The Sultan of Sokoto is one of them, and I thank him for his swift condemnation of such attacks.

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“We will only be able to build a stronger Nigeria that is capable of addressing the urgent issues that are destroying our country, such as a lack of security, accountability, and corruption, conflicts between different peoples and faiths, hunger, and the economic situation, if we religious leaders decide together to truly lead our people.”

Ayokunle considers the signing of the Declaration for a Peaceful and Secure Nigeria on the international stage to be significant.

He stated: “The Declaration we signed outlines a number of principles that we believe all Nigerians can agree on.

He added that: “The Declaration we signed outlines a number of principles that we believe all Nigerians can agree on.

“It states that all people, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, culture, region, or the many other differences that often divide us, are endowed by the creator with inherent value and fundamental rights, and that the essential freedom and dignity of every person must be respected and protected.

“The Declaration also calls for collaboration among Nigeria’s various traditions and faith communities in order to advance the well-being of all and to peacefully resolve conflicts.”

“The Declaration also expressly rejects and condemns all use of violence and coercion to advance her political or religious views and identities, or to demean ethnic, regional, or tribal affiliation.”

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They also pledged to demand that free and fair democratic elections be held in peace and for the benefit of all Nigerians, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or geographical zone, according to Ayokunle.

“We note with grave concern, particularly in light of the upcoming elections, that politicians and government representatives, as well as religious representatives, have not taken seriously their full duty to promote peace and harmony among the people of Nigeria, which has contributed to numerous crises for our nation,” he added.

That is the latest Naija News Today on CAN, NSCIA peace treaty

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