By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has charged the National Inter-Faith and Religious Organisation for Peace (NIFROP) to soundly preach and aggressively promote peace, unity and mutual cohesion among Nigerians of diverse religious and ethnic affiliations.
Buratai, made the appeal to the executive officials of the organisation, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Army Headquarters (AH) Conference Room, on Thursday.
Buratai, who was represented by the Army’s Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, noted that religion is the most perfect and veritable platform to unite and bring Nigerians of various classes and backgrounds together.
Thus, NIFROP and other religious leaders should endeavour to preach messages of oneness, love, and togetherness, instead of gospels that cause division and animosity among diverse Nigerians.
The COAS, commended the inter-faith organisation’s efforts in using their religious minds to reach out to Almighty God, asking him to intercede in the country’s affairs.
He urged them, together with other Christian and Islamic leaders to continue supplicating peace and unity for the country, saying they should also use their religious platforms to educate Nigerians on the essence and virtues of peace, love, compassion and true brotherhood among themselves.
Earlier in a remark, Bishop Sunday Garba Yayi, thanked God for the great leadership ability and wisdom he endowed the Army Chief, which has enabled him to keep the NA intact, while also protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.
The Bishop, who is the National Coordinator of the association, stressed that without peace even they the clergymen cannot preach the gospel.
He disclosed that NIFROP is an organisation that believes in the co-existence of the human race, despite the religious differences.
He noted that God put Nigerians, both Muslims, Christians and other worshippers in this country, because he expects us to co-exist together and live in peace, rather than antagonizing and killing one another.