Global Educators for All Initiative and the Millennium Development Ambassadors are delighted to host the 2013 National Interreligious Seminar to commemorate the 53rd Independence Anniversary of Nigeria. The interreligious seminar will bring together religious educators, leaders and organizations to deliberate on the theme “The Role of Religious Organizations in Nation Building” as a response to the contemporary challenges facing the Nigeria nation.
The seminar shall provide unique opportunities for presentation of papers on the teachings of the world’s religions on nation building in order to provide a rich resource for interreligious education on nation building. Participants from the various religious organizations shall share their fundamental teachings and projects dedicated to nation building. The event shall also be used to provide report to participants on the recent international conference on interreligious relations and peace building at the United Nations Plaza in New York, USA. Seminar participants shall have an opportunity to sign up and join our growing network of interreligious citizens in Nigeria.
The seminar welcome address shall be delivered by His Excellency, MDGs Ambassador Babatunde Adegbesan while Interreligious Ambassador Abubakar Jega, Executive Secretary, National Mosque, Abuja shall present the special opening remarks. The keynote address by Dr Raphael Ogar Oko on “Religion as the Missing Point in the Building of the Nigeria Nation and the New Future of Religious Organizations in Rebuilding Nigeria” shall be followed by goodwill messages by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Dr. Una B Smart of the Happy Health Wellness Center, Abuja and Hon. Tahir Umar Tahir, SSA to the President of Nigeria on Islamic Affairs, among others.
The commemorative seminar shall also provide opportunities for the teachings of the world’s religions on nation building. Presentations shall be made by representatives of Bahai Faith, Islamic religion, Christian religion, Eckankar, and special papers by Muhammed I. Gashash, Sardaunan Matasan Nigeria and religious educational institutions, the Reconciliation Religionbe and the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace Founder’s Address at the 1985 Assembly of the World’s Religions in New Jersey, USA.
The commemorative ceremony shall include the induction of interreligious citizens, the proclamation of Nigeria as an Interreligious Nation and the Declaration of National Dependence on the Universal. The program shall also provide a unique opportunity for the designation of some religious educators, leaders and organizational representatives as Global Interreligious Ambassadors.
The event is scheduled to hold on September 26, 2013 by 12 noon at the National Merit Award House, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.