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The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has inaugurated a 23 member committee on religious tolerance in the state.
The inauguration held on Monday, at an inter-religious conference in the government house in Kano State.
The committee, which was set up following the governor’s commitment to promote and consolidate religious tolerance in the state, was inaugurated after two similar conferences were held with the same goal of promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence among followers of the different religions in the state.
According to the governor, “The occasion is being considered very well for the development of the state, the nation and humanity in general.
“The management of diversity in Nigeria has become a very important issue. There must always be respect of one and other’s religion,” he said.
Furthermore, Ganduje noted that Kano as an ancient and cosmopolitan city needed to co-exist with other nationalities and religions, adding that such conferences and programmes were needed to consolidate that.
The Chief Imam of Sahaba Juma’at Mosque, Sheikh Uthman, was appointed as the chairman of the committee, while Arch. Bishop Peter Ogunmuyiwa was appointed as the co-chair of the committee. The State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, was appointed to serve as the committee secretary.
“The membership of the committee looks at the diversity of this nation, the utterances you make, your behaviours towards diversity management and your commitment to nation building is very important.
“You are to organize a befitting inter-religious conference, you choose the 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,” he added.