New Interfaith Center in Kaduna is Crucial as a Symbol for Interreligious Peace in Nigeria

This is truly exciting. Nigeria suffers in so many ways from the tragic and unnecessary discord among its religions.

Interfaith Center in Kaduna, Nigeria (photograph by

Article originally in Ventures

Nigeria will be 56 in about a month and one of the most significant strides the country appears to have made in improving its sociopolitical identity, in recent times, is in trying to address its infamous religious differences. For the first time in Nigeria, two of the most prominent religious faiths have been brought together through the establishment of an interfaith centre in Kaduna State.

The International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony (ICIPH) was opened on August 19 with a main objective of documenting “interfaith relations to inform national and international policy-making.” Two notable religious organisations, the Christian Council of Nigeria and Jama’atu Nasril Islam, were instrumental in the creation of the centre which was officially inaugurated by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai. Several top religious leaders in the country were also present.

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