Thursday, August 28, 2003

Lafia inter-religious committee hails religious tolerance

By Yusuf Ozi-Usman, in Lafia

The Lafia inter-religious committee, made up of Jama’atul Nasirl Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed pride in the peaceful co-existence of adherents of the two religions in the state.

In a joint statement signed by Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu for JNI and Rev. Nelson P. Tatadi for CAN, the inter-religious committee stressed that the level of religious tolerance in the state was highly encouraging.

It stated that since the state was created there had been no case of religious intolerance and uprising in spite of the fact that the two religions were well-grounded in the state.

"This is due to the mature understanding between the members of the inter-religious committee which has continued to maintain mutual understanding between the two religions."

According to the statement the inter-religious committee had been keeping to its immediate task of bringing peace and tolerance to Muslims and Christians in Lafia particularly and Nasarawa State in general.

The committee appealed to the state government to assist it in this onerous task by providing it with new burial grounds for the two religions, vehicles and a block of offices.