National Orientation Agency, NOA, and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are partnering to curb intolerance among the various religions in Nigeria.
This was the high point of a meeting between the NOA management led by its Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri and the representative of the Foundation, Mr. Chris Rider in Abuja.
Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Omeri noted that the Nigerian government was engaging communities on peace, mutual coexistence, social stability and religious harmony, adding that Nigerians were eager for peace and would embrace all genuine efforts at entrenching same.
He was however emphatic that government’s effort alone cannot guarantee peace but it would require collective commitment from all stakeholders.
The NOA Director General said the move by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to ally with NOA was a demonstration of the Agency’s crucial role in re-engineering the Nigerian society, describing the partnership as a welcome development.
Earlier, Mr. Rider said the foundation which was founded by former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair was on a mission to counter religious intolerance and foster world peace.
He added that the Foundation considered NOA a critical agency for social orientation and peace building in Nigeria, hence the decision to reach out to the Agency, describing peace as essential for development.
He was also optimistic that the partnership between the two bodies would provide a solid framework for peace building in Nigeria, thus engendering national development.

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