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Journalists Should Enlighten People On Religion Tolerance – Human Right Organisation

A human rights organisation, Christian Solidarity World Wide Nigeria, has called for religious tolerance among the faithful for peace and development of the Nigeria.

News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Chief Executive Officer of the organisation in Nigeria, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, made the call on Thursday in Kano at a 4-day training workshop organised for Journalists across the northern part of the country.

Nmadu, observed that the effects of religious intolerance, especially in the northern part of the country, had greatly affected the economic and social life of the citizens.

“It’s no longer news that some communities are lacking in basic social amenities due to the religious intolerance existing among residents who are supposed to be united and doing things together for the common good.

“Discrimination and hostility to one another due to religious differences are against section 38 (1) of the 1999 Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

“This is the more reason why Journalists need to rise to the occasion to enlighten people on the Freedom of Religion or Belief contained in the nation’s constitution,” he said.

According to him, for 16 years, the organisation had been carrying out advocacy programmes, meeting leaders of various religious bodies, community leaders and political office holders, on the best ways of harmonising better working relationships.

He, however, called on those whose rights are being trampled upon to feel free to contact the organisation for assistance, no matter how serious or little the matter is, for immediate address to give room for peace and progress. – NAN

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