Women Interfaith Council seeks Divine intervention to end insecurity
From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Worried by the continued banditry, kidnapping and other criminals activities bedeviling kaduna State, North West Nigeria, Muslim and Christian women under the auspices of Women Interfaith Council (WIC)
On 16th March,2021 holds special prayer for God’s intervention to bring end to the manece.
The prayers which was part of 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD) has in attendance both Muslim and Christian women also had in attendance peraonalities from the state.
Earlier, the Executive Director of WIC, Sister Veronica Onyeanisi, said the Council is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organization established in 2020 by OLA Sisters and some women faith leaders in Kaduna State.
She added that WIC serves as an umbrella body for women of faith groups to work together for interfaith understanding and collaboration; gender, poverty and inclusion; health and environment; peace building, conflict analysis and transformation, good governance and citizens participation.
Speaking on the gathering, she said as Mothers of Peace, they have gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day with annual Interfaith Solidarity Prayer.
“The global theme for this year’s celebration is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”.
“This gives us opportunity to celebrate women’s achievement in our homes, in our different faith groups, government and society at large and to use this avenue to continue to advocate for inclusive and participatory governance in Nigeria.
“When we look round the hall, we see that the hall is decorated with blue, green and white colors signifying calmness, trust, intelligence, in-depth strength of women, responsibility, peaceful, hope and purity respectively.
“We are women of faith and hope amidst all challenges. Today we have gathered with faith and hope in God to celebrate our women as leaders and to pray for peace, security and progress in our state, nation and the world.
“It is only when there is true peace and justice, there will be economic prosperity, social enhancement and political stability,” she said.
A participant , Hajiya Hauwa Mohammed said women were the vanguard of enshrining peaceful coexistence in any society saying the unfolding events across the country particularly security challenges called for attitudinal change and unity amongst both Christians and Muslims.
According to her said the ugly development affects all and sundry irrespective of ones faith as such, it is the responsibility of all to reverse the ugly trend through prayers.
Another Participant from Mando in Igabi Local Goverment Patricia Moses said women have great role in ensuring peace in their respective communities.
She therefore urged the Society to considered the important role of the women especially in the role of shapening children from the family level, adding that they have a positive impact towards reducing social vices especially during the Covid-19 pendemic.
The event witnessed recitation from the Holy Quran and Bible-reading while prayers were offered for the peaceful coexistence throughout the Country.