The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), has called on Nigerians to shun hate and dangerous speeches.
Speaking at a press conference held at The Kukah Centre, Abuja on Thursday, the co-chairmen of the group, Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni and Bishop Sunday Onuoha said the recent events in the country threatens the peace and unity of Nigeria.
IDFP which came up through the facilitation of International Dialogue Centre also known as KAICIID with headquarters in Vienna, said they have put mechanism in place for both Christians and Muslims especially those at the grassroot to tolerate one another.
“IDFP observes the recent regional agitation and counter agitation in the country with great concern. We note that the increasing calls for secession and other forms of religious and ethnic cleavages undoubtedly threaten the peace and stability of this country.”
“Fortunately, the IDFP sees a silver lining in the dark clouds and hereby calls on all Nigerians to be hopeful about the future and not give in to the seeming despair that has enveloped the socio-economic and political atmosphere. We believe that destiny has brought us together as people of this great country to live together in one united country,” the group said.
“We want to particularly plead with Nigerians to shun hate and dangerous speeches especially at these trying times. Where regional and group concerns are genuine, we urge that those concerns should be expressed in peaceful language and within the ambit of the law. We only need to work harder harder to make Nigeria habitable for all and sundry. We have come a long way in interdependence that we must not allow political expediency, greed, pride and selfishness to blind our vision of one united and peaceful Nigeria,” the group said.
IDFP, while calling for training and retraining of religious clerics urged the federal government to return to the traditional means of settling conflict in the herders and farmers clashes.