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International Day For Tolerance: Group Calls On Nigerians To Imbibe Culture Of Tolerance

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna


As the world marked the 2020 International Day for Tolerance, the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC), Kaduna, under its Community Peace Action Network (CPAN), has called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of tolerance as the only way to move the country forward.
A statement signed by the group’s Co-Executive Directors, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, respectively on Monday, pleaded with Nigerians to continue to give tolerance a chance through active participation to understand and value one another for peace to strive.
According to the statement, “We are making this clarion call to our fellow Nigerians as people of faith to always emulate and imbibe the virtues of love, genuine forgiveness and to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice and tolerance, regardless of our ethno-religious, regions, socio-cultural and political affiliations in order to support what can transform our image within the country and in the committee of Nations so that we can make progress.”
The statement observed that the relevance of tolerance is the bedrock of every society where people felt valued and respected and willing to live together.
It noted that tolerance in the best interest of unity and togetherness which fosters atmosphere that negate hate speeches, lawlessness, discriminations among other negative vices. 
“We must all stand up to discourage and be the change we want to see in ourselves and in all Nigerians,” the statement appealed.
It appealed to all relevant stakeholders/institutions to continue to educate and enlighten the general public on the need to imbibe the culture of tolerance.
According to the statement, “We are using this medium to call on the government to initiate a Tolerance project that will continue to educate the citizens of the need to appreciate our diversity and rich endowments to fosters nation building and development.”
The International Day for Tolerance is celebrated every November 16, to help spread tolerance and raise awareness of any intolerance that may still be prevalent in the world today.
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