Monday, 7 January 2013

President Jonathan Urges Re-Orientation In Nigerian Society To Promote Values Of Peace, Unity And Religious Tolerance

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged a re-orientation of the values of Nigerians to once again reinforce the ethos of community, togetherness and religious tolerance across the country.

The President spoke on the first Sunday of the New Year as he attended service  at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Catholic Cathedral, Garki, Abuja.

His words came on a day the Metropolitan Bishop of Abuja John Cardinal Onaiyekan celebrated his elevation to Cardinal and 30 years of his Episcopal ordination.

This celebration presented an opportunity for Nigerians from all walks of life regardless of ethnic background and religious leaning to rain praises on a symbol of peace.

For Senate President David Mark it was an opportunity to stress that those engaged in violence on basis of religion were a minority.

And the President building on that pointed out that those fostering violence in the name of religion were fighting against the very fabric of the Nigerian society as exemplified by persons like Cardinal Onaiyekan.

Nigerians believe that Cardinal Onaiyekan's elevation is an example of how far Nigeria could rise with its people working together.
The consensus on this occasion is that the celebration of John Cardinal Onaiyekan's elevation and what he stands for which is peace across the country go hand in and can only demonstrate the height the country can rise to if it maintains peace and religious tolerance across ethnic and religious divides.

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