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Take action against religious intolerance, group urges Tinubu

Members of the Non-Indigenes Association in Anambra State (ANIAS) have called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to take swift action against religious intolerance across the…

Members of the Non-Indigenes Association in Anambra State (ANIAS) have called on President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to take swift action against religious intolerance across the country, which they claim fuels insecurity.

The appeal was made during celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir in Awka, where ANIAS members joined the Muslim community.

Prince Chigozie Nweke, the president of ANIAS led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the leader of the Northern Community in Awka, Alhaji Garba Haruna.

Nweke lamented that religious intolerance had hindered socioeconomic development as investors and business people are reluctant to operate in volatile areas.

“While we congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters during this Sallah, it is important to note that religious intolerance has affected Nigeria’s economy and is a major cause of insecurity in many parts of the country. We urge Mr President to take immediate action in combating this issue,” Nweke stated.

He highlighted that the ongoing issues with Boko Haram, kidnapping and killings in the South had severely impacted the economy, particularly in northern Nigeria.

“We call for unity among Muslims and Christians throughout the country. We should see ourselves as brothers and sisters first, which will help restore peace and unity,” he added.

Alhaji Garba Haruna, the leader of the Northern Community in Awka, emphasised the cordial relationship between his community and the host communities. He praised the administration of Governor Charles Soludo for its efforts in combating insecurity.

Haruna congratulated ANIAS and its president for promoting peace and social harmony among their members, irrespective of tribal and religious differences.

“This association is unique; and we commend the president and all members for their unity of purpose, regardless of religious and tribal differences,” he said.

 

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