The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Thursday warned religious leaders against propagating doctrine that was capable of disrupting peaceful co-existence among adherents of different religions in the country.
Abubakar gave the warning in Abuja at the International Conference on Love and Tolerance organised by Ufuk Dialogue Foundation, a Turkish organisation in partnership with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Speaking on the theme of the conference: “Countering Violent Extremism through Peace Education and Love,“ the sultan said there was no compromise on peace because it was a necessity to life.
The sultan, who was represented by the Emir of Jiwa, Alhaji Musa Idris, identified hate speech as a major factor responsible for deepening religious intolerance and mutual suspicion in the country.
He, therefore, advised both Islamic and Christian clerics to, while preaching to their followers, emphasise on the similarities of the holy books with a view to ensuring national cohesion.
He said that it was the right time for Muslims and Christians to come together and unite as people of the same entity, saying, “ both Muslims and Christians are the sons of Adam “.
The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, stressed the need for parents to inculcate the spirit of peace and love in their children at the infant stage.
Aisha, who was represented by the Wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Mrs Mairo Al-Makura, admonished religious leaders to preach the very truth in the Holy books.
The President of the foundation, Mr Kamil Kemanci, said the aim of the conference was to encourage dialogue and togetherness, promote and educate people on love and tolerance.
Kemanci pledged the commitment of the foundation to continue to provide ground for networking and experience-sharing between adherents of different religions and beliefs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the foundation is mainly concerned with opinions and information exchange between ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological entities in order to nurture mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.(NAN)