Interfaith Dialogue Forum For Peace (IDFP) Adopts Constitution at KAICIID conference

The two-day conference organised by the International Dialogue Centre
(KAICIID) came to a close on Thursday 26 January 2017 in Abuja,
Nigeria with the formal adoption of a draft constitution for the
Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) and the inauguration of its
elected Executive Secretariat to coordinate the Forum’s activities.
The Coordinate to Achieve 2 conference (CtA2) focussed on ‘Inclusive
and Sustainable Interreligious Dialogue in Nigeria,’ as a follow-up to
the first meeting (CtA1) which took place in Abuja, Nigeria in
September 2016. At CtA1, the participants developed an Action Plan to
promote dialogue as a prerequisite for peace and development, and lay
the ground for the establishment of an inter-faith dialogue platform
in the country.

The event convened 100 Nigerian religious, traditional, youth and
women leaders from across the country in interreligious and
intra-religious dialogue sessions. The CtA2 participants resolved to
work together towards inter- and intra-religious activities to
mitigate the ongoing tensions and conflicts in the country through
enhanced dialogue.

Speaking at the closing session of the event, the Sultan of Sokoto,
Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, one of the most prominent religious
leaders of the Nigerian Muslim community, expressed his determination
to always be a part of these efforts to build peace and dialogue among
Nigeria’s religious communities and applauded KAICIID’s support,
stating, “I commend KAICIID for its support and other religious
leaders who are working hard to achieve peace in our country. All
religions preach peace and all Nigerian Muslims are desirous of the
peace and stability of our country Nigeria. He tasked the IDFP to
commence the process of formal registration and to also reach out to
prominent persons who may contribute to achieve the NIDF’s goals,
stressing, “I am ever willing to be of support to IDFP and its organs
in order to open closed doors.”

Speaking at the formal launching of the IDFP, the Prelate of Methodist
Church, Bishop Samuel Chukwuemeka Uche, who represented the President
of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr. Samuel
Ayokunle, expressed the willingness of Christians to work in harmony
with Muslims to achieve peace in the country.

KAICIID’s Head of Delegation, Abderrahman El-Yessa, commended the
fruitful interaction demonstrated during the event and called upon the
nation’s leaders of all religions to rise up and stave off violence.
“The world is watching Nigeria. There are many challenges here in
Nigeria, but with the willingness of the religious leaders to work
together for peace and dialogue towards a more cohesive society, there
is hope. KAICIID will continue to work hand in hand with the Nigerian
stakeholders to promote peace and social cohesion in Nigeria and other
parts of Africa,” El-Yessa said.

About KAICIID

The International Dialogue Centre acts as a facilitator in Nigeria to
help strengthen social cohesion, particularly among Muslims and
Christians, as well as between them, to coordinate and support local
capacities of religious communities to actively contribute to conflict
resolution and reconciliation in the region through interreligious
peace building.

The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is an intergovernmental
organization that promotes dialogue to build peace in conflict areas
by enhancing understanding and cooperation between people of different
cultures and followers of different religions. The Centre was founded
by Austria, Saudi Arabia and Spain. The Holy See is the Founding
Observer. Its Board of Directors comprises prominent representatives
from five major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism,
Islam, and Judaism). The Board designs and supervises the Centre’s
programs. ELANZANEWS. M

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