As the United Nations (UN) celebrates world tolerance day, a day committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures, ethnicity and peoples, the Global Peace Foundation of Nigeria (GPFN) have to appeal to all Nigerians to go beyond just tolerating one another, but should continue to accept and live with each others as members of one Family under God.
This was contained in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by it’s the Country Director,
Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, Rev. Dr. John Joseph Hayab said, GPF acknowledges that all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion or culture, are One Family under God. GPFN affirms the importance of universally recognized principles and shared values as essential to building social cohesion within nations and the global community.
According to the statement, these principles are: All people have intrinsic value, dignity, and fundamental rights, as endowed by the Creator and every person has his or her highest attribute, a spiritual and moral essence.
” Our human nature finds its fullest expression and meaning in relationships with other people to develop their innate potential through their choices and actions.
” Freedom and responsibility are intrinsically linked with understanding, our shared identity and common aspirations as members of the human family establishes the basis for lasting Peace and It is the foundation for respect, empathy and shared responsibility beyond the boundaries of ethnicity, religion, and nationality. He said.
Rev. Hayap stated The world we are living is a global village and people of different ethnicity, religion and race need each other for socio- economic growth. Adding that connecting with one another makes our relationship stronger and more than just tolerating one another.
” We need tolerance in our schools,offices ,market places,when we are travelling by road, rail and on air. Our closeness to people with different identity from us and our ability to move along should go beyond just tolerance.
GPFN therefore uses this occasion of world tolerance day to appeal to all human beings, especially Nigerians to show more love, respect and give others their space to operate. noting that community will be peaceful when people see each other by recognizing and appreciating their unique contributions and recognition will go beyond tolerance.
Global Peace Foundation Nigeria joins the United Nations to commemorate this special day of promoting tolerance amongst humanity as members of One Family under God and appeal to everyone out there to go beyond just Tolerance, instead we should be celebrating the uniqueness of our neighbors, co-workers, people with disability and those from other faiths and tribes around us.
” Let us all make our world ,country and community a place where everyone can feel welcome and accepted”, he added.