The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday said there is no country that has survived a religious war and called on Nigerians to unite.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of a programme organised by International Dialogue Centre KAICIID which focus on Intra-religious Understanding in Nigeria held in Abuja, Abubakar said “there are a lot that unite Nigerians than what divide us.”
He said Nigerians must do away with religious extremism and focus on building peace and harmony.
Abubakar who commended both Christians and Muslims leaders for coming together to forge a common ground, urged them to continue to work together.
“We must take every good word that we learned here to our families, Mosques and Churches. There are many groups that have being working on inter faith. Let’s continue to make use of what we have resolved here,” the Sultan said, adding that , “No country have survived a religious war.”
“Our leaders either Christians or Muslims must do the right thing. It’s important for us to unite and this is a most better forum. We will continue from here. We will not wait for people outside the country to do this for us,” the Sultan added.
The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence, Rev Samson Ayokunle said fundamentalist attacks have given Nigeria a bad name and drive away investors.
He said a large gathering of both Christians and Muslims leaders was very crucial adding that, “We want to put this differences behind us. Let’s support the government of the day to defeat the insurgents.
“Churches and Mosques must raised support for the less privilege. We must raised aid for them to bring back their lives,” he said.
Oyokunle advised Christians and Muslims to be prompt in condemning the activities of insurgents, adding that Christians and Muslims must do away with prejudices and suspicion.