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Dialogue Can Resolve All Conflicts — How Onaiyekan trained Miyetti Allah Secretary & Christians in same fellowship

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‘’What is happening here means there is no such thing as an inevitable conflict. “Every conflict can be resolved, once you are able to sit down together look at each other face to face, you will now realise that every human being is just exactly like you, like your brother, your cousin which is what you have seen.’’ — Onaiyekan  I heard and read a lot about Cardinal John Onaiyekan before having the rare opportunity of having an audience with him some years ago. And practically all I have met who have had contacts with the cardinal had positive words to say about him. Three issues stand him out of the crowd to wit: He is a lover of peace, peace-building, interreligious dialogue and mediation, speaking truth to power, and his cerebral prowess, a feat that Onaiyekan commenced recording early in life, scoring ‘A’ grades in his School Certificate examinations. In the course of compiling information on this very affable man of God, I was confronted by his excellent record of achievements as National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria and workers at the Ecumenical Centre spoke very highly about his cosmopolitan stance and contributions while in office. Cardinal Onaiyekan  is the Founder of the Foundation for Peace that holds training programmes on Inter-religious Dialogue and Mediation. In a session staged in 2019 in Abuja, the participants comprised 35 fellows made up of 18 Christians and 17 Muslims drawn from the six geopolitical zones from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds in Nigeria. One of them was a Miyetti Allah secretary. An excited Cardinal Onaiyekan in his speech stated that: ‘’what is happening here means there is no such thing as an inevitable conflict. “Every conflict can be resolved, once you are able to sit down together look at each other face to face, you will now realise that every human being is just exactly like you, like your brother, your cousin which is what you have seen.’’ CHALLENGING THE AFFLUENT: He continued: “I thank God this is happening in an organisation that bears my name. I will be happy to see more and more organisations like this that are set up. “The DHR foundation as we are told is a family foundation, it’s just a family that happens to be very rich and decided to spend their money doing good to all over the world. “Haven’t we got many…

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