Insecurity has no religion, Catholic priest tells Nigerians
By Olamide Ogunjimi
Amid the current insecurity across Nigeria, Christian and Muslim religious leaders have been urged to stop demonizing any religion.
A Catholic priest from the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, the Rev. Tom-Ave Omiunu, said this during an interfaith dialogue workshop organized by the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) and the Interfaith Youth and Peacebuilding Network of Nigeria in Abuja recently.
Bro. Omiunu said: “These are individuals who sowed this seed of discord. This is why there is no development in our nation today. “
He also accused politicians of stoking the embers of insecurity in the country under the guise of religion.
In addition, he urged young people to stop being tools in the hands of politicians.
“If the young people decide that they will not follow these leaders, and speak with one mind as young people, they will surely be part of the movement that will bring lasting peace to our country,” Fr. Omiunu added.
The priest, who insisted that no religion preaches violence, also asserted that Nigerians being very religious, the country should be the most peaceful and developed country in the world.
Islamic scholar Faisal Umar, who spoke at the forum, also urged Nigerians to move beyond religious tolerance to embrace religious understanding.
He said, “When you talk about religious tolerance, are you saying that if you had the chance you would want to push other religions away or you intend to respect the value that other religions stand for? “
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