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The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Samson Ayokunle, and the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, have emerged Honorary Presidents of the Council of Religions for Peace (RfP).

The Director, Legal and Public Affairs of CAN, Samuel Kwamkur, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Jos.

According to Mr Kwamkur, the duo was elected at the ongoing 10th World Assembly of the Council in Lindau, Germany.

The Director also said the Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sa’ad Abubakar, is now a Co-Moderator of the organisation.

He explained that Mr Abubakar had technically replaced Mr Onaiyekan who had been a founding Co-Moderator of the Council.

He added that the Council also confirmed the election of Azza Karam, an experienced and erudite scholar, as its new Secretary General

“Prof. Karam, a staff of the United Nation (UN) and Muslim Egyptian replaces Dr. William Vendley.

“She is the first African and female to rise to that exalted position.

“Also, a Nigerian woman and Catholic Sister, Agatha Chikelue, is also elected as woman representative of Women of Faith into the Council,” he said.

He said the ongoing world assembly of the Council has over 900 delegates in attendance from 125 countries representing all religions of the world

Newsmen report that religions for peace, one of the major UN recognised partner organisation for the promotion of peace in the world, has been in existence for over 50 years, aimed at ensuring peaceful coexistence within and among nations.

The organisation particularly encourages religious freedom, right of minorities, women and the downtrodden.

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