The Middle Belt Youth Organization, said on Wednesday that it would continue to mobilise students to promote peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of religious, ethnic and religious affiliations.
The National President of the organisation, Amb. Victor Enjema stated this during the opening of the 3rd annual interfaith quiz competition for youth in Kaduna.
He said that the organisation had sensitised not less than 200 students on peace and nation building through the teaching of interfaith activities.
According to him, the organization’s main aim is to spread the culture of tolerance, forgiveness and better understanding among Nigerians especially school children.
Enjema said it was important to educate young people on the imporatance of living in peace and harmony with every Nigerian.
He stressed that the quiz competition was also to spread the teaching of peace and tolerance.
“Our aim is to improve relationship, consolidate peace and curb insecurity in northern Nigeria to avoid religious crisis which is tearing us apart.
“Christian and Muslims are worshipping same God, and we are from one family under God.
“We must join hands to unite the entire 19 northern states to save the region from the increasing daily challenges that is setting the entire region backward,” he said.
He expressed the belief that the platform will provide a rallying point for Muslim and Christian students, enhance integration and “provide a common voice that is nationally audible and acceptable by all in the society.”
In her remarks, Chief Anna Avong, Chairperson Dignity for Women, emphasized the importance of promoting peace among students.
She called on religious leaders to enhance efforts toward senstitizing the public on the importance of peace and unity.
Similarly, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, an activist, called for the introduction of peace clubs in primary and secondary schools across Nigeria, as well as peace education in schools.
She said it was necessary for students to learn about accommodation, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding of each other irrespective of religious, cultural and ethnic differences.
Tijjani called on the Federal Government to create centres for comparative studies in all states of the country to deepen understanding of the teachings of Islam and Christianity.
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
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