Interfaith Unity Shines as Endurance Trek Marks World Peace Day 2023


Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) in collaboration with the Opus Peace Foundation and a coalition of partners, including the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Community Peace Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), JNI, CAN, Network of Peace Journalists, Action Aid, Global Peace Development, Network for Peace and Security, and the International Alert, organized a commemorative event for the International Day of Peace.

The Co-Director of the Interfaith Mediation Center Kaduna Reverend (Dr) James M. Wuye said the event was organized to mark this year World International Peace Day to strengthen the relationship among the adherence of different faith-based Organizations

“This event underscores the vital role of religion in fostering and sustaining peace within religious institutions and communities”.

“It acknowledges the substantial contributions of religious leaders in advocating for peace and encourages both leaders and their followers to deepen their faith and promote peace values.

The Reverend Father said the central message revolves around utilizing faith as a tool to spread love, tolerance, and unity within a diverse society.

“The endurance trekking aims to strengthen and showcase peace with a display of youthful energy and unity among Nigerians”.

“This celebration also spotlights verses from various holy books that underscore unity, peace, and mutual respect among individuals of different faiths, highlighting the essence of coming together under the guidance of God to foster understanding and forgiveness among all”.

Similarly, Reverend Caleb Maaji, the Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) emphasized the importance of peace and unity among Nigerians.

He called on citizens to embrace living with one another irrespective of tribe religion cultural differences for the betterment of the the country

In his remark, the National President of Nigeria Networks of Peace Journalists, (NNPJ) Ibrahima Yakubu called on world religious leaders to embark on a ceaseless campaign toward promoting peaceful coexistence among different faith-based organizations in the country.

He said the United Nations has declared 21st September as the world’s International Peace Day, a day to promote peace and harmony across the universe.

He said the importance of peace and harmony cannot be over-emphasized, seeing the vital roles peace and unity play in the country.

He then called on youth to shun all forms of substance abuse, violence

The walk (trekking) which commences around eight o’clock to nine-thirty in the morning (8. am to 9.30 am) enable people to share a good relationship and talk about better ways to enhance mutual understanding among different faith-based organization in the country.

Ibrahima ended by appealing to authority to find a lasting solution toward bringing an end to banditry, kidnapping, and terrorist attacks affecting peace and stability in the country.

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