Religious leaders have been advised to intensify dialogue among themselves to promote mutual respect and contribute to peace and national integration.
A Muslim cleric, Dr Abdulfatahh Adeyemi gave the advice during a family unity blessing festival organized by the Nigeria Chapter of the Universal Peace Federation, UPF in Abuja.
Dr Adeyemi stressed that God brought Nigerians together for a purpose and urged the leaders to pray against forces that prevent people from accepting the message of peace.
He also urged civil society organizations and political leaders to contribute meaningfully towards addressing conflicts across the country.
The Muslim cleric appealed to Nigerians to de-emphasize divisive tendencies such as hatred, selfishness and violence, and embrace faith, love and peace.
The Secretary General of UPF, Dr. Raphael Okoh said the aim of the event was to encourage families to unite bring up peaceful children, who would in turn impact positively on the society.
Some of the participating couples said they had learnt ways of improving their marriages and better strategies for the upbringing of their wards.
The family festival was part of the events to commemorate this year’s United Nations Day.