Religious Youth Leaders during the Faith Talk in Abuja. Photo Credit: Julian Osamoto/Radio Nigeria
Religious Youth leaders across the country, have advised Nigerian Youths to deescalate tensions, and work towards changing the negative narrative of the country for sustainable development.
They explained that although a lot of people might be aggrieved due to the outcome of the just concluded elections and planning to take to the streets, the Judiciary is the hope of the ordinary Nigerian.
Founder Connected Development (CODE) Hamzat Lawal who organised the Faith Talk on Peace, Tolerance and Nation Building; urged the youths to promote peace, as any attempt to protest might be hijacked by hoodlums.
According to Lawal, the faith dialogue session was to initiate an open ground for conversations and strategize a collective way forward for the country’s development despite their religious difference.
A Senior Special Assistant on National Social Investment Program to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Ismael Ahmed advised that ” We must remain peaceful to overcome crisis, continuous dialogue is important at this time “
Another speaker Ustas Shuraim Abdulmin emphasized on the need to consider the people’s common interests in nation building. “Leadership is about bringing national cohesion, if we say we are religious, then we must follow the tenets of our creator”
Elder Semiye Micheal of the Apostolic church, said
” We must stop criticism, blame game and begin to lead the change we all desired, as young people, we must down play hatred for ourselves, unless we resolve the key foundamentals, the problem would remain”
The Faith Talk brought together different religions youth leaders from across the country to break fast with the Muslim brothers and celebrate Easter with the christians as a symbol of unity.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto