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Intefaith Forum unveils code for religious cooperation, peace building

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(Photo: Central Coordinating Council of IDFP.)

 

The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP), has rolled out a code of conduct to guide religious groups and leaders, so as to enhance interfaith cooperation and peace building in the country.

 

The Co-Chairman of forum, Dr Yusuf Arrigassinu said on Wednesday in Abuja that the aim was to create an environment of mutual respect, cooperation, and harmony for a stronger and united Nigeria.

He urged religious leaders, interfaith community members, and all concerned citizens to embrace the principles outlined in the Code of Conduct.

Arrigassinu called for sound ethical and values-based decisions geared towards a more united and harmonious Nigeria.

“IDFP is thrilled to announce the launch of the Interfaith Code of Conduct, a momentous initiative that seeks to foster unity and peaceful coexistence among religious communities in Nigeria.

“The code serves as a guiding light, inspiring religious leaders to uphold shared values and promote a climate of understanding and harmony.

“This landmark initiative underscores IDFP’s unwavering commitment to fostering understanding, harmony, and cooperation through open dialogue among Nigeria’s diverse religious communities,” Arrigasiyyu said.

He urged the media to give the document wide publicity and for churches, mosques and schools to use it in promoting cooperation among Nigerians.

Also, Rev. John Hayab, the Co-coordinator, Central Coordinating Council of IDFP said that the forum remained committed to what will make a difference in the country.

He said that the forum was also committed to showing the people the right direction to follow as a country.

In his remarks, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, a former Co-chairman of the forum, urged governments at all levels to hold people responsible for their utterances.

He said that people should not be allowed to create conflicts in the country under the guise of religion or politics.

The cleric suggested that the code of conduct should be made available in schools, places of worship, hotels and other public places for all Nigerians to read and practice.

He said all Nigerians should be guided by the code, saying that for the country to develop, there was need for peace in the land.

Onuoha said that the document showed that Christians and Muslims in Nigeria can come together for progress, adding that Nigeria is not a theater of religious conflicts.

Also, Imam Fuad Adeyemi said that Christians and Muslims must emphasise the many similarities and common ggrounds between them.

“We do not have any other place except Nigeria and Christians and Muslims must come together to develop the country,” he added.

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Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer

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The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.

 

According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.

 

Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie

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Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.

 

According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.

 

He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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