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Interfaith Group tasks Nigerians on culture of acceptance, peace, tolerance

KADUNA, Nigeria – As the world marked the 2020 International Day for Tolerance, the Interfaith Mediation Center, IMC, Kaduna, under its Community Peace Action Network, CPAN, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of tolerance as the only way to move the country forward.

A statement signed by the group’s Co-Executive Directors, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, respectively on Monday, pleaded with Nigerians to continue to give tolerance a chance through active participation, to understand and value one another for peace to strive.

According to the statement, “We are making this clarion call to our fellow Nigerians as people of faith to always emulate and imbibe the virtues of love, genuine forgiveness and to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and tolerance, regardless of our ethnoreligious orientations, socio-cultural and political affiliations in order to support what can transform our image”

The statement observed that the relevance of tolerance is the bedrock of every society where people feel valued and respected and willing to live together.

It noted that tolerance is in the best interest of unity and togetherness which fosters an atmosphere that negates hate speeches, lawlessness, discriminations among other vices.

“We must all stand up to discourage and be the change we want to see in ourselves and in all Nigerians,” the statement appealed.

It appealed to all relevant stakeholders/institutions to continue to educate and enlighten the general public on the need to imbibe the culture of tolerance.

According to the statement, “We are using this medium to call on the government to initiate a tolerance project that will continue to educate the citizens of the need to appreciate our diversity and rich endowments to foster nation-building and development.”

The International Day for Tolerance is celebrated every November 16, to raise awareness on any intolerance that may still be prevalent in the world.

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