Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has on Monday inaugurated a 23-man committee on inter-religious tolerance to help foster peaceful coexistence in the state and nation as a whole.
The committee has its Chairman as the Chief Imam of Sahaba Juma’at Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Bin Uthman and Arch. Bishop Peter Ogunmuyiwa (PhD) as the Co-Chair while the State Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba is to serve as the Committee Secretary.
Inaugurating the committee, Governor Ganduje said, the committee is to among others organize a befitting national conference towards a more tolerant and peaceful Nigeria.
“The management of diversity in Nigeria has become an issue. A very important issue. There must always be respect for all religions by adherents of the various religions.
“Kano, being one of the oldest civilisations in the country, needs programmes like this.
A highly cosmopolitan State like ours needs more measures that promotes coexistence not just within but with other nationalities”, Ganduje Said.
“The membership of the committee is expected to look at the diversity of this nation.
You must watch your utterances, your behaviour towards diversity management and your commitment to nation building.
“You are hereby saddled with the responsibility of organizing a befitting inter-religious Conference with an appropriate theme, select 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,” Governor Ganduje added.