The UFUK Dialogue, a non-profit organisation, has advised Nigerians of all creeds and ethnicity to embrace dialogue and peaceful coexistence that has always been and remained the only necessary tool to engender a healthy, development and productive society.
The President of UFUK Dialogue, Mr Kamil Kemanci stated this at a round-table dialogue and Peace Awards ceremony recently organised in Abuja.
“With dialogue, it is possible to transform conflict into co-operation.
“This interfaith dialogue seeks to realise religion’s basic oneness and unity and the universality of belief.
“Islam and Christianity all come from the same root, have almost the same essentials and are nourished from the same source,” Kemanci said.
He reiterated that for everyone to live peacefully, that it was important for individuals to rise above differences that drive us apart and that go beyond any ideology or political system and above any religious movement or authority.
This year’s edition, which is the sixth in the series, saw various individuals rewarded for their contributions to peace in Nigeria.
The event, which attracted people from all walks of life, was put together to celebrate people and organisations that have been contributing to societal peace in Nigeria.
A posthumous award was also given to the late Rev Musa Asake, the former Secretary General of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Others include Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, the Publisher of Leadership newspaper, Mr Sam Nda Isaiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Oyeama, the Chairman Editorial Board of Thisday Newspaper, Segun Adeniyi and the Executive Director of Daily Trust Newspaper, MrManir Dan-Ali.
The Regional Pastor of the Central Parish (RCCG) Mr E. Aibitayo, Prof. Shehu Ahmad Sa’id CFR Murshid of the National Mosque Abuja, Mrs Nafisah M. Monguno, Prof. Sambo Wali Junaid Wazirin Sokoto, Mr Ikeogu Oke and Mrs Maryam Lemu also received awards under various categories.
This year’s awards ceremony was attended by the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen Babagana Monguno, representatives of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari as well as representatives of various ministries and agencies.
UFUK Dialogue is a non-profit organisation geared towards the promotion of dialogue and a culture of co-existence.
It is mainly concerned with the opinion and information exchange between ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological entities to nurture mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.
By Our Correspondent