Governor Nyesom Wike Tasks Religious Leaders On Propagation Of Hate Messages And Speeches Among Their Followers.
Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike has put religious leaders to task over the propagation of hate messages ad speeches among their followers. Wike gave the task at the opening ceremony of the 28th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies (NABIS) at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, charged religious leaders to shun hate speeches in their places of worship as a means of checking religious intolerance and global insecurity.
Wike observed with concern that the threat of Boko Haram and ISIS poses a serious challenge to global peace and security stressing that concerted efforts by governments all over the world and the church is needed to fight terrorism.
“The sanctity of human lives and peaceful co-existence of people of all religions should be preached in our various places of worship,” he stated. He charged those involved in Biblical Studies to realize that they carry a great moral burden as they owe the world suggestions and ideas on how the menace of insecurity can be eradicated.
The Governor called for the production of literatures and other enlightenment materials which are based on biblical principles that could be distributed to schools.
Wike noted that the only way the world could counter the indoctrination of terrorists in the New Media was to introduce educative messages into these platforms.
He described the theme of the conference: “Biblical Studies and the Quest for Peace in Africa” as timely as it reflects the current realities in Nigeria in particular and the entire Continent as a whole.
The Governor pointed out that the state was poised to check youth restiveness through entrepreneurial training and economically rewarding small scale ventures.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. RosemundGreen-Osaghulu represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Joseph Kinanee, noted that 65 percent of violent crime in the World is traced to Africa. According to her, the activities of Boko Haram, which is the new face of Islamic extremism and threats by Al-shabab, Al-Qaeda and other similar agents of destruction across the World, have caused untold pains, resulting in many widows and orphans.
In his remarks, speaking the National Chairman of NABIS, Prof. J.D. Gwanmma, said the conference has provided a platform for engagement with contextual issues and Biblical discourse that would provoke thoughts and positive action.