The Global Peace Foundation Nigeria on Monday called on all Nigerians to embrace the culture of tolerance for peace building and national development. The Country Director of the Foundation, Rev. John Hayab, made this call in Abuja at an event to commemorate the 2020 International Day of Tolerance which is celebrated every November 16.
According to him, all hands must be on the deck to change the narrative coming out of the country on social, ethnic and religious intolerance, saying this would help to correct the negative impression globally.
Hayab noted that tolerance was a challenge that a lot of people battled with, and as such, reflected in daily dealings with people and destabilising interpersonal relationships. He said that marking of the day was an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of tolerance and the need to celebrate the diversity of the society.
He added that Nigerians ought to celebrate its diversity and use it for the benefit of all, saying current trend of division and clashes would not do the country any good. The country director said the group would continue to engage all stakeholders, especially the youths to be agents of peace and promotion of tolerance.
The Northern Coordinator of the Organisation, Sheikh Abdullahi Maraya, noted that the day was set aside by the UN through UNESCO to promote tolerance, saying analysis from the first and second world wars showed that it was triggered by intolerance.
According to him, tolerance is the ability and willingness to respect and glorify any opinion and thinking disliked by you. He said the day was aimed at generating public awareness about the significance of tolerance and to educate people about the negative effects of intolerance.