Sultan, CAN President elected into world religious council

CAN President Rev Samson Ayokunle. PHOTO CREDIT:

The ongoing 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace has elected three religious leaders from Nigeria into her council.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigeria  Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, was elected co-moderator of the organisation technically replacing the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who had been a founding co-moderator of the council.

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Samson Ayokunle and Onaiyekan are now honorary Presidents of the council while Sister Agatha Chikelue was also elected as woman representative of Women of Faith into the council.

Disclosing this in a statement from Lindau, Germany, on Thursday, the Director, Legal and Public Affairs, CAN, Samuel Kwamkur, explained that the council also confirmed Prof. Azza Karam, an erudite scholar and United Nations official as the new Secretary-General of the organisation.

Karam, a Muslim Egyptian and the first African woman to have risen to that position, replaced Dr William Vendley.

Religions for Peace, which is one of the major UN recognised partner organisations for the promotion of peace in the world, has been in existence for over 50 years with the primary purpose of ensuring peace and coexistence within and among nations of the world.

It also encouraged 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,” the statement said.


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