Oyo, 12 December, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria is calling on the government of the West African nation to “invest in interfaith dialogue” to ward off “unnecessary suspicion and animosity” during the electioneering period ahead of the February 2023 general elections.
In his address at the Ecumenism/Interreligious Commission Annual Symposium of Oyo Diocese, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo advocated for value-based elections, which he said can be achieved through interfaith dialogue.
“We call on the government and other authorities as well to invest in interfaith dialogue as this can help diffuse unnecessary suspicion and animosity among our peoples and help them focus on values towards the next elections,” Bishop Badejo is quoted as saying at the December 3 event that was held at St Paul’s Pastoral Centre in his Episcopal See.
The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese underscored the value of interfaith dialogue, identifying its ability to signal “doubts and fears” among Nigerians during the electioneering period.
“A period of reflecting together like this at any level is useful to help us exchange ideas, hoping that such ideas can spread our resolve to coexist peacefully,” Bishop Badejo said during the event that had faith leaders and security personnel in attendance.