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Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Priest links Nigeria’s religious crisis to misinterpretation of holy books

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A Catholic Priest in Kaduna Arhdiocese, Rev. Father Andrew Dodo, has observed that the present challenges facing the country is as a result of wrong interpretations of the two Holy Books, Bible and the Quran to the followers.
He made the assertion on Kaduna yesterday on the occasion one day seminar of Executive Council members of Ladies of St. Mulumba, LSM, metropolitan from the North-west.
He noted that the country has been sharply divided along religious line thereby making it impossible for Nigeria to realise its full potentials as the giant of Africa in all spheres of life.
Speaking on a paper, ‘Effective prayer and leadership’, the cleric explained that unless these wrong interpretations and impression are correctly addressed, the country would never live in peace.
He added, “We have Christians and Muslims fighting each other because the holy books of the Bible and Quran have not been fully and sincerely interpreted to the followers for better understanding and application in their daily lives.
“The present challenges the country is going through is a product of the bad foundation laid and no wonder that in the history of this country, especially in the north and Kaduna state in particular, we have witnessed killings and destruction of unimaginable magnitude.
“One wonders what is actually happening with us that the two Holy Books do not in any way give their followers any right to take the life of another in the name of religion but to live in peace as brothers and sisters and love one another.
“It is unfortunate that most of our religious leaders interprets the Holy Books for their personal interest for reasons best known to them, and as a result, we are confused and lacked the true principle of what we are supposed to do as a people who know and worship the most supreme being.”
The Rev. Father therefore enjoined Nigerians that have the interest of the country at heart to earnestly seek the face of God through prayer for restoration and peaceful existence of the country.
Mr Francis Mutuah, who spoke on, ‘A mark of spiritual maturity and accountability among Ladies of St. Muslims’ enjoined them to be disciplined, accountable and fear God in all their endeavours for a better society.
Mr Peter K. Balkan, who spoke on ‘Prudential management of funds and accountability in Ladies of St. Mulumba’ to be strictly guided by the rules of all they are assigned.
The Metropolitan Council President, Lady Esther David Amboson explained that the seminar was meant to educate members about leadership on how to prudently manage and account for their resources, leadership and effect prayer, and how to be disciplined as being some major challenges the country is facing with today.

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