The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd); former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rev. Justin Welby; were among the dignitaries that laid the foundation stone of the Kaduna Centre for the study of Christian-Muslim relations and the promotion of peace.
They all harped on peaceful coexistence among the adherents of the two major religions in the country – Christianity and Islam.
The President noted that laying the foundation for the centre signified the entrenchment of peace not only in Kaduna State but the entire north and indeed Nigeria that had over the years suffered religious crises.
Buhari, while congratulating the founder of the centre and Secretary of the Anglican Communion Worldwide, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, on Tuesday, urged all well-meaning Nigerians to support the centre for the good of the country.
He said his regime would continue to support the centre and other efforts geared toward the promotion of peace, understanding and cooperation between the Muslim ummah(community) and their Christian counterpart in the country generally and within the Northern states in particular.
Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said, “I thank Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon too who has devoted his life to the work of peace between Christians and Muslims, Nigeria, particularly in our Northern States.
“Today is an important day for the centre and indeed for the entire Nigeria religious community. As you lay the foundation stone, you are putting down a new foundation for peace in the North of Nigeria.