By Salisu Sani-Idris
Abuja – The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III and President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, on Tuesday in Abuja signed peace pact to ensure peaceful atmosphere before, during and after 2019 general elections.
The Sultan was represented by the Emir of Keffi, Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, while the President of CAN was represented by the Prelate of Methodist Church, Rev. Samuel Uche.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that peace accord was signed at a Peace Declaration Summit organised by the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA) in collaboration with local and international partners.
The duo urged Muslims and Christians to continue to work together, shun violence, embrace dialogue and be committed toward building communities that were resilient and free from fear.
“ We join together to affirm that Nigeria is and shall remain a country committed to peace and harmony among all of its members, Christian or Muslims, from the north or from South.
“ And that democracy must bring us closer together as a people and not separate us.
“ We join together in patriotic love for our country and our fellow Nigerians to declare for peace as key stakeholders representing various religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria.“
The duo further expressed commitment to embracing a vision of common humanity and speaking publicly of hope for Nigeria’s peaceful and bright future.
The Sultan and CAN President also pledged to demand that free and fair democratic elections should be conducted in peace and for the benefit of all Nigerians regardless of ethnicity, religion or geographical zone.
Similarly, the two leaders of dominant religious agreed to promote peace and understanding in all communities as the country enters its elections period as well as denounced hate speech and violence.
NAN also reports that the Peace Declaration Summit was attended by leaders of various religious groups, youth and women organisations, traditional rulers and academics from all over the country.