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Published On: Mon, Aug 27th, 2018

Expert blames religion, ethic crisis in Nigeria on hate speech

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

The Country Representative of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, (KAICIID), Mr. Joseph Atang, has said hate speech is the causes of all religious and ethnic crisis in the country.
He also said that, religious tolerance was the ultimate key to peace in the society.
He stated this during a training on interreligious dialogue for leaders of Fellowship of Christian Students, FCS, and Muslim Students Society, MSSN, held in Kaduna yesterday
He emphasized that every religion particularly the two practiced in Nigeria; Christianity and Islam both emphasized peace.
Atang said that if religious leaders can be made to preach and propagate peace to their followers in churches and Mosques, peace will reign in the country as they are key to sustaining peace, hence, his organization is working with them in the country.
According to the expert, participants at the training are expected to return home with a different mindsets about their religions, particularly as it concerns the protection of holy sites, and hate speeches; noting that there were lots of hate speeches going on now in Nigeria,
In his remarks, a Director of IDFP, Imam Mohammed Ashaffa, said that the subject of discussion; “Towards Prevention of Hate Speeches and Protection of Sacred Places”,was timely and a very important tools.
Earlier, the convener of the event, former National President of MSSN, Muhammad Muhammad, said as a leader he has interacted with non-Muslims across all divides and have seen that there were gaps in terms of understanding of the teachings of both religions.
He said that the Muslims do not understand exactly what Christianity teaches, as well as the Christians do not understand what Islam teaches, hence both based their relationship on stereotypes.
“So, we intend to use this training for interaction as students, and members of FCS and MSSN to get to understand one another. And also hold the country on our palms and develope it well, because without peace there will be no meaningful development,” he said.

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