Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has called for prayers for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
Sambo, who made the call in Kaduna on Sunday at a meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders from Kaduna Central Senatorial District, also sought prayers for an end to the current security challenges in the country.
Sambo, in a statement by his spokesman, Umar Sani, urged the religious leaders to return to their communities and preach peaceful coexistence amongst their adherents.
According to the vice president, development can only take place in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
Sambo told the clerics that the Federal Government had greatly succeeded in the ongoing anti-terrorist war in the North-east.
He said the military had already liberated all areas hitherto occupied by terrorists in Adamawa and Yobe States as well as seven out of the 10 local government areas captured by insurgents in Borno State.
The statement quoted the representatives of both religions' communities as pledging to guide their followers for peace, saying they had been consulting with several youth groups to forestall a recurrence of the 2011 post-election violence.
The statement added that prayers were offered for peaceful elections and an end to the insecurity in the country.
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