The Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace and live together for the interest and development of the country.
Sambo, who declared open the third Unity Conference for the South-South and South-East Muslim on Friday in Uyo, said the conference was to foster unity, peace and love in the country.
He praised the sponsors of the conference for the theme, ‘Peaceful Co-existence in a Multi-Religious and Multi-cultural Society,’ adding that the Federal Government had created many jobs through infrastructure for the unemployed youths.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, said with the conference, Nigeria’s future was bright. He added that peace should be preached by both Christians and the Muslims.
Tambuwal advised Nigerians not to allow their differences pull them apart, but should be instrument that strengthens the bond among different ethnic groups.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, warned against the use of politics, religious sentiment and ethnicity to break the country’s bond of brotherhood.
He said, “Be you a Christian or Muslim, we must know that God wants love and peace, because through peace we can have true development and we believe this country would make it.
“We should not focus on things that would divide us but rather on things that unite us. After this conference, peace would return to Nigeria. We should preach peace to the youths on unity, love and ask them to abhor violence.
“We need more of this dialogue and association in the country to be able to interact in order to understand one another better.”
He thanked the Sultan of Sokoto for choosing Akwa Ibom as host of the conference in spite of the security challenges in the country. He said the action was a passing phase to return peace to the nation.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar, commended Akpabio for his efforts in bringing the Christians and Muslims together to live in peace and unity.
Abubakar identified unemployment, impunity by politicians and lack of fear of God by people in positions of authority as problems responsible for the insecurity in the country. He called on the Federal Government to tackle the issues of unemployment and to project peace among the people.
Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Mahmoud Yayale, lauded the theme of the conference which hinges on the need to discuss the challenges facing the country.
Goodwill messages came from the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria represented by the Akwa Ibom State Chairman of CAN, Bishop Cletus Bassey, former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau and an Islamic Scholar, Ahmed Gumi, among others.