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President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle appealed to the Federal Government to pay more attention to the protection of lives and property of citizens.

Reverend Samson Ayokunle, CAN President

The CAN President disclosed this at the seventh Ufuk dialogue, peace and award ceremony held in Abuja at the weekend.

Rev. Ayokunle, represented by the association’s Acting General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said: “We have people who are sincere in this country to turn things around for the better.

“Government has all the equipment to secure lives and property in this country. Government should be much more serious and committed to security.”

Voicing her concerns, former deputy governor of Plateau State, a one-time Minister of State Science & Technology, Pauline Tallen, expressed displeasure at the level of insecurity and insurgence in the country.

Tallen pleaded with the security agencies to adopt fairness and sincerity in curbing the crisis and urged Muslims and Christian to always live in harmony.

She said: “God should give us the heart of love to love one another. Be you a Christian or Muslim, we are all children of God and we must live in peace with one another. I pray and my heart goes out to all those that have lost their loved ones through the various crisis in some states.

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“I believe with this type of coexistence God will answer our prayers. And we should love one another. May God bless our leaders, Nigeria and grant President Buhari good health, long life and wisdom to move Nigeria forward and to the next level we are looking up to.

“My advice to the security agencies is for them to be fair and sincere in tackling the security situation in Nigeria because it is most unfortunate that innocent lives are taken.

“I wonder why anybody should fight for God. For us to take life in the name of religion is unacceptable. We need peace, because without peace there will be no development.” She stated.

Ufuk Dialogue President, Kamil Kemanci said that the association will always stand by societal peace, love, respect and compassion in support of human dignity and the greater good by preserving the common values of humanity: values such as respect, tolerance, peace and mutual understanding.

Kemanci said: “Ufuk Dialogue also organises conferences with the theme: “Countering violent extremism through love and tolerance”, which brings people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds around.

“Today, we need dialogue and peace more than we need food and shelter. Dialogue and peaceful coexistence have always been and still remain a need, a must for us to have a healthy and more productive society.” He concluded.

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