Written by Ismaila JIMOH

Tolerance: AU-KAICIID set up inter- faith development agenda

The African Union Commission through the Citizens and Diaspora Directorate, CIDO, in collaboration with the International Dialogue Centre, KAICIID, have agreed to an inter -dialogue development agenda for the continent as a means of checkmating the menace of religious crisis.
The resolution was made known by the Head of Civil Society division- CIDO, Africa Union Commission, Amb. Jalel CheIba while briefing journalists on the outcome of 2-day event in Abuja.
He said the forum succeeded in electing a steering committee that is expected to serve for two years term to support and strengthen the process of interreligious and intercultural dialogue within African countries and communities
Chelba said: "this platform is an example of a functional alliance between political and religious leaders in service of the African continent who seek to direct efforts towards practical action by preserving the values of respect, plurality, diversity, religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and this forum is an essential part of peace and timely resolution of conflict in Africa attained with dialogue and not the use of guns."
KAICIID Secretary General, FaisaI bin Muaammar, also reiterated the need for religious leaders to be heard by policy makers and to engage constructively with them to share joint concerns and learn from each other.
"They need to be able to collaborate not only with each other, but with all sectors of society, the steering committee launched today is a vital instrument in that endeavour, it fosters among other relations, interreligious dialogue which is an integral component in achieving the African Agenda 2063, global strategy to optimize use of Africa's resources for the benefit of all Africans," Muaammar stated.

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