By Emmanuel Afonne
Ms Ijeoma Akwara, the National Coordinator, National Festival of Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence Programme, has described tolerance as the key to sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria.
Akwara said this on Thursday in commemoration of the National Festival of Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence day celebrated worldwide every November 16.
She said the group would be marking the day in Nigeria on a later date alongside the National Values Charter which centred on belief.
Akwara said the festival was initiated to promote values through variety of impact oriented activities.
According to her, the activities will include seminars, educational and cultural events, among others.
Akwara who commended the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Malam Lanre Onilu, for supporting the programme, reiterated the imperatives of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
She described Onilu as a committed man who had shown interest in the unity of the country.
“The National Value Charter is a testament to the Director-General of National Orientation Agency, Malam Lanre Onilu‘s, commitment to building on the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s transformative vision.
“The renewed hope agenda endeavouring to make the promise of democracy a reality for all Nigerians, irrespective of their tribal affiliation or religious beliefs.
“This charter is not just a document; I believe that it is a call to action for all Nigerians to embrace the values of tolerance, respect, and understanding that are essential for building a just and equitable society.
“I believe that the National Value Charter will play a vital role in promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
“Tolerance and peaceful coexistence are essential for the development of a harmonious and prosperous Nigerian society,” Akwara said.
=============Edited by Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma