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Religious leaders sue for peace ahead of 2023 elections

Stakeholders at an inclusive Security Dialogue organised by Global Peace Foundation have called for religious and political tolerance ahead of the 2023 General Election.

At an event in Abuja, one of the stakeholders and National President, Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr Daniel Okoh, expressed worry over the state of insecurity, which he said has affected mutual coexistence in the country.

Dr Okoh urged leaders to focus attention on “sustainable solution for peace building”.

He appealed to security agencies to be proactive in ensuring that the peace accord signed by political parties was not “truncated by devious politicians” who would want to cause disharmony during the General Election.

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by Ustaz Hussain Zakariah, who acknowledged the two major religions (Christianity and Islam) in the country as having mass followings, insisted that their leaders “must preach peace and promote unity”.

The Founder of Global Peace International, Jim Flynn, who spoke via Zoom, noted that all humans were equal before God, and stressed the need for tolerance at all times among the people.

On the role of youth in the sustenance of the nation, the President, Vision Africa, Dr Sunday Onuoha observed that young persons were key drivers for the actualisation of true democracy and called on government at all levels to provide a platform that would guarantee their future.

Reporting by Yosi Ardel; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor