The President and founder, Vision Africa International and Co-Chair, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Dr. Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha has charged goverment at all levels to place humanity above any consideration or bias that tends to destroy harmonious co-existence.
Bishop Dr. Onuoha who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja while presenting a paper at the Nigerian University Scholars in Religion (NUSREL), titled “The Role Of Religion In The Socio-Religious Transformation Of Nigeria”, berated the level of exclusion in the country, advising that no citizen should be excluded irrespective of his/her religious inclination, status, political position, among others.
Describing religion as providing hope and optimism in spite of failed government and economic institutions in Nigeria in particular, and West Africa in general, the cleric said religion aids in the formation of social structures and development of individual and corporate spirituality.
The Methodist Bishop noted that religion plays a huge role in fostering values, such as honesty, integrity, openness, forthrightness and tolerance which are inimical to the development and transformation of good economic, political, social and cultural system of Nigeria.
He decried the level of corruption in the country, pointing out that corruption has continued to impede any effort made toward the re-engineering of the Nigerian State, frowning that many governments have made claims and promises which suggest that the welfare of the citizenry is paramount in their agenda, but in reality, these promises are not delivered.
The Global Peace Award Winner 2013, called for synergy between those in government and the citizenry towards promotion of good governance, justice and equity for all, stressing that all should be carried along in order to achieve a just society where all will be comfortable.