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  • Updated: May 21, 2024

Shettima inaugurates NCPC board, tasks members on religious tolerance

Shettima inaugurates NCPC board, tasks members on religious

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima inaugurated the board members of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Shettima tasked the board members with religious tolerance, reaffirming the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to uphold religious freedom and interfaith unity.

As contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Stanley Nkwocha, the Vice President said regardless of anyone's position, the place of faith in the nation is not only critical but provides a framework for comfort among citizens and for the stability of the nation at large. 

He equally vowed that the President Tinubu-led administration will not have a place for discrimination, stating that: "Our duty is to provide a safe haven for members of each faith and uphold the rights and freedoms in our constitution.

"It is our pledge that Christians will access optimum privileges in pursuit of their spiritual journey. Your duty here is a service to God and humanity in the best way possible."

The Vice President further urged the board members to dedicate themselves to promoting interfaith harmony through compassion, justice, and mutual respect. 

He said: "We can only emerge stronger and more resilient as a nation through dialogue, empathy and reconciliation. 

"The Nation has grappled with the shadows of division fueled by the flames of intolerance and misunderstanding for far too long. Yet, in the flickering light of hope, we find solace in the knowledge that it is through interfaith harmony.

"Let us heed the call of the Lord to be our brothers’ keepers, our sisters’ keepers, and good neighbours wherever we find ourselves. We can only achieve this when we recognize that our diversity is not a source of weakness but rather a wellspring of strength."

Speaking on behalf of the board members, the NCPC board chairman, Reverend Cletus Gotan appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the Federal Government's support in sponsoring pilgrimage journeys that encourage the spiritual upliftment of citizens. 

He said: "We appreciate the interest of the President and his government in encouraging the spiritual upliftment of our citizens by sponsoring these sacred journeys which will take us to our holy places and teach us about unity.

"We will leave the NCPC better than we found it. We would ensure that we go there for prayers for the government, our families and for people."

According to Nkwocha, other members of the board included Omowumi Olubunmi Ogunlola representing South West; Chief Clement Alobu Nweke, South East; Weli Wosu, South-South; Rev. Fr. Prof. Joseph Haruna Mamman, North West; Dr. Toma Hamidu Ragnjiya, North East; Dr. Simon Abu Samson Dolly, North Central and Bishop Dr. Raphael Benjamin Nwankwo, CAN. 

He added that other representatives from government agencies included those from the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. 

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