Former military leaders, Generals Yakubu Gowon, Abdulsalam Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Cardinal John Onaiyekan are set to attend a summit in Abuja organised by the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) that is based in Vienna, Austria.
The three-day conference, which will commence on Tuesday September 27 -29, 2016, is also to be attended by traditional and religious leaders from various sections of the country.
The event, according to the Vienna based intergovernmental organisation, is aimed at creating “effective platforms towards promoting inter-religious understanding among Muslim and Christian communities in Nigeria.
According to a press statement issued by KAICIID on Sunday, the conference, apart from creating a platform for exchange and engagement among Nigerian religious leaders, will also “feature two intra-religious meetings prior to an interreligious event offer religious leaders from Christian and Muslim communities throughout Nigeria opportunity for intensive dialogue.
“A group of selected representatives from each meeting already engaged in interreligious meetings will also meet for one-day preparatory workshop to formulate aligned agendas, including objectives for both intra-religious meetings.”
KAICIID Director General Fahad Abualnasr is expected to open the conference.
As the Director General of the world’s only intergovernmental organization dedicated to promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue, Abualnasr expressed his hope that the Centre’s work with religious leaders from both Christian and Muslim communities in Nigeria will to produce a positive outcome for the country.
The press statement also added that “KAICIID Senior Adviser Mohammed Abu-Nimer, a professor at the School of International Service at American University, is also expected to attend the conference, among other senior officials from the organization.
Abu-Nimer has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Chad, Egypt, Niger, Iraq, Palestine, Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka.
KAICIID is an intergovernmental organization that promotes dialogue to build peace in conflict areas. It does this by enhancing understanding and cooperation between people of different cultures and followers of different religions.
The Centre was founded by Austria, Saudi Arabia and Spain. The Holy See is the Founding Observer. Its Board of Directors comprises prominent representatives from five major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism). The Board designs and supervises the Centre’s programs.