2019 polls: Sultan, Onaiyekan to lead interfaith dialogue in Abuja

As part of measures to ensure peaceful 2019 general elections, the Sultan of Sokoto,  Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III and the Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, will on Wednesday in Abuja lead religious leaders across the nation in a two-day conference on role of interfaith communities during the polls.

Coming under the auspices of the General Assembly of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace [IDFP], the conference will also discuss the imperative of national security in the conduct of the elections, a statement signed by the body’s Co-Chairmen, Alhaji IshaqKunle Sanni and Bishop Sunday Onuoha stated.


IDFP is a national interfaith and intercultural dialogue forum that has the peaceful co-existence of all government recognised religions as well as ethnic groups in Nigeria as its central objective.

The statement said other participants at the conference themed, “2019 Elections and National Security: The Role of Interfaith Communities” include the leadership of the three arms of the federal government, all state governors, the FCT Minister and INEC.


Other are heads of security agencies, traditional rulers across all the country, chairmen of all registered political parties, labour unions, student bodies, NGOs, socio-cultural and women organisations.

It added that keynote addresses will be delivered by Mr. J. U. K. Igwe (SAN) and the Wazirin Katsina, Prof. Sani Lugga while all KAICIID Dialogue Centre Fellows in Nigeria will be observers at the conference.

The establishment of IDFP in February 2016 was funded and facilitated by KAICIID Dialogue Centre, Vienna in partnership and collaboration with Interfaith Mediation Centre [IMC], IPCR and Kukah Centre.

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