By Daniel Tyokua
The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have resolved to work for the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
To demonstrate their commitment to the project, NSCIA through the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III and CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday in Abuja signed peace pact to promote a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after 2019 polls.
While the Sultan was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Rev. Samuel Uche, stood for the CAN boss.
The peace accord was signed at a “Peace Declaration Summit” put together by the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA) and some local and international bodies.
They charged Muslims and Christians to unite, shun all forms violence, and be committed toward building a country whose people are free from fear.
In the pact, the leaders said: “We join together to affirm that Nigeria is and shall remain a country committed to peace and harmony among all of its members, Christians or Muslims, from the North or from South.
“And that democracy must bring us closer as a people and not separate us. We join together in patriotic love for our country and our fellow Nigerians to declare for peace as key stakeholders representing various religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria,“ the duo said.
Abubakar and Ayokunle further promised to demand that free and fair democratic elections should be conducted in peace and for the good for Nigerians regardless of ethnicity, religion or geographical zone.
The summit was attended by leaders of various religious groups, youth and women organisations, traditional rulers and academics from various parts of the country.