The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, from the South East and South-south zone of Nigeria, have condemned the rising rate of insecurity in the country and urged religious leaders to promote reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in the country.
The CAN leaders from the 11 states of the geographical zone, lamented that religion has been distorted and used as a source of conflict to exaggerate differences as well as incite people to hatred and violence, describing the trend as dangerous for the nation.
Speaking at a one-day colloquium in Umuahia, Abia State, with the theme; the sacredness of life, convener of the event, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, urged Christian leaders to rise above sentiments and sensational headlines of the media to focus on peacebuilding.
“Religious leaders have a great role to play in peacebuilding and stability through the promotion of peaceful coexistence and reconciliation among communities. The relationship between religion, peace, conflict and diplomacy shows that religion plays an important role in conflict resolution.”
Delivering his goodwill message at the event, Chairman CAN, Plateau State, Rev. Yakubu Pam, stated that the solution to security challenges across the country does not lie in the hands of politicians, but church and religious leaders.