The ongoing 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace has elected three prominent religious leaders from Nigeria into her Council, the highest leading body of the UN-linked world organisation for peace.
A statement made available to The Dream Daily in Abuja and signed by Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Evangelists(Barr.) Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, reads:
“His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affair (NSCIA) is now a Co-Moderator of the Organization technically replacing His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja who has been a founding Co-Moderator of the Organization.
“The President of Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle and His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan are now Honorary Presidents of the Council.
“The Council also confirmed the election of Professor Azza Karam an experienced erudite scholar and UN staff as the new Secretary General of the Organisation. Prof. Azza Karam a Muslim Egyptian woman replaces Dr. William Vendley. Prof. Karam is the First African and woman to have risen to that position.”
The statement added:
“A Nigerian woman and Catholic Sister Agatha Chikelue DMMM is also elected as woman representative of Women of Faith into the Council.
“Religions for Peace which is one of the major UN recognized partner organisations for the promotion of peace in the world has been in existence for over fifty years (50) with the primary purpose of ensuring peaceful coexistence within and among nations of the world. The Organization particularly encourages religious freedom, right of minorities, women and the downtrodden.
“The 10th World Assembly 2019 has over 900 delegates in attendance from 125 countries of the world representing all religions of the world cutting across respected leaders, women and youths.
“It is hoped that the Assembly will round up Friday 23th 2019 with a declaration of various resolutions on course of action reflecting her aims and objectives.”