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ONAIYEKAN, SULTAN, AND OTHERS SEEK FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the meeting's organiser, stressed that as thick clouds of oncoming storms hovered over the country, people should not sit and whine.

By Adeniyi Onaara

Under its Tripartite Consultation (TC), the Nigerian Inter-Faith Initiative for Peace (IIP) has called for reconciliation, peace, and national cohesiveness for a thriving nation under God.

On Wednesday in Abuja, the group made the announcement during a TC joint consultation meeting on the “State of the Nation.”

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Cardinal John Onaiyekan, the meeting’s organiser, stressed that as thick clouds of oncoming storms hovered over the country, people should not sit and whine.

“Nigerians cannot sit on their hands and grumble or wait for the worst to happen.

“Many people are thinking loudly, speaking clearly, debating, and dialoguing to find a speedy way out of our impasses. This tripartite consultation is one of many voluntary fora for beneficial discussions about the country’s state.

“As a country, we must find our way back from the verge of disaster and look forward to reconciliation, peace, and national cohesiveness for a thriving nation under God,” he stated.

Onaiyekan stated that the country’s current status warranted considerable worry because the country’s difficulties were numerous, significant, and well-known to all.

Nigerians, he claims, are talking, often moaning, and threatening to leave a dysfunctional state in which they have lost all trust and faith.

In the midst of the voices, he added, the government should take a firm stance and explain why some things that should not be happening were happening in a contemporary and civilized state.

The cleric also stated that the National Assembly, which serves as an institutional arena for productive interaction and discussion, should strive to meet expectations.

On the other hand, Onaiyekan prayed that the Almighty and Merciful God would save and prosper the country.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who also led the Nigerian Inter-Faith Initiative for Peace, encouraged the National Peace Committee (NPC) to go beyond just restoring peace during state elections.

“The NPC has accomplished a great deal in terms of promoting peace and resolving crises in state elections.

The Sultan stated, “It would go further in developing national peace and healing.”

Former Head of State and current Chairman of the NPC, retired Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalami, said the tripartite dialogue meeting was opportune.

Abdulsalami went on to say that a series of meetings had been held over time to discuss the country’s restoration of peace and togetherness.

He advised the gathering not to keep silent in the face of the nation’s problems, but to speak up for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Hopefully, we will be able to get ourselves out of the mess we have created in this country,” he remarked.

Dr. Usman Bugaje, a member of the Working Group on Peace Building and Governance, also stated that Nigeria has experienced more moral deterioration and catastrophe than any other country.

“Nigerians look to their moral leaders for assistance.

He remarked, “It is actually time for those with moral credibility to come up and help.” (Nanowerk News)

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