Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has inaugurated a very powerful Committee on Inter-Religious Conference, aimed at organizing a befitting national conference towards a more tolerant Nigeria.
Ganduje’s Spokesperson, Abba Anwar in a statement said a 23-member committee was inaugurated to promote and consolidates religious tolerance in the state.
The event took place at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Monday, with the attendance of some popular Clergymen from Islam and Christianity.
According to the statement, before now the Governor has organized two similar conferences with the sole intention of promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence among followers of different religions.
The occasion, according to him, is being “…considered very well for the development of the state, the nation, and humanity in general.”
“The management of diversity in Nigeria has become an issue, a very important issue. There must always be respect for one religion toward other religions.”
Governor Ganduje argued that Kano, being the oldest civilization, is highly cosmopolitan, “…for the state to continue to coexist with other nationalities, we need programs like this. We are trying to consolidate on that.”
The Committee has Sheikh Muhammad Bin Uthman, Chief Imam of Sahaba Juma’at Mosque as its Chairman while Arch. Bishop Peter Ogunmuyiwa (Ph.D.) is the Co-Chair of the Committee.
The State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba will serve as the Committee Secretary.
Governor Ganduje said: “The membership of the committee looks at the diversity of this nation, the utterances you people are making, your behaviors towards diversity management, and your commitment to nation building.”
“You are to organize a befitting inter-religious Conference, you choose the appropriate theme, select the appropriate date, day, and venue for the proposed Conference. Part of your terms of reference is to also provide adequate publicity, before during, and after the conference,” he directed.