UFUK Dialogue, an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation has called for an end to violent extremism in Nigeria through love and tolerance.
This is a major resolution of an international conference on Love and Tolerance organised by UFUK Dialogue in collaboration with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja.
Major speakers at the conference include Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the Archbishop of Abuja, and Dr Rachel Rudolph, an international expert on religious extremism.
Minster of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who was a panellist, said: “Boko Haram insurgents took advantage of our impatience and intolerance to cause havoc. The Qu’ran does not encourage killing and likewise the Bible.”
Prof. Oshita Oshita, director general of the IPCR said: “The event was aimed at highlighting love and tolerance as veritable tools towards countering violent extremism in the society.
“We cannot ignore the role of tolerance and love in every functional society. And it must be stated emphatically that what Nigeria needs at this point in time is love and tolerance” he stated, adding: ”with love in our hearts, we would be able to tolerate one another, including our religious affiliation and cultural inclination”
Cardinal Onaiyekan commended UFUK Dialogue for its insight, saying: “UFUK Dialogue must be commended for this wonderful initiative. This is very timely especially in this period of our existence”
On the objective of the conference, director of UFUK Dialogue, Mr. Kamil Kemanci, said: “The conference is aimed at ensuring that love and tolerance continues to dominate our actions, inactions and relationships in the quest to build a better society for all”.
The technical session was chaired by Mrs Sardutu Shehu Mardi, of the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA).
Ufuk Dialogue was founded in 2011 with the mission to foster inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace all over the world and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange.
June 13, 2016