A committee comprising of Christian and Muslim leaders for early responses to religious conflicts has been inaugurated in Oyo State.

The Committee to be known as the Oyo State Interfaith Dialogue Team is also expected to address human rights violations that are carried out in the name of religion.

At the inauguration of the committee, Co-Chairman, Central Coordination Council of Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Ameer Jameel Muhammad said it has been identified that many violence being perpetrated in some states of the federation did not have any religious undertone as widely believed.

Ameer Muhammad, who said the dialogue teams would be set up in other states, pointed out that members of the team have undergone training on crisis management and ways to mitigate religious conflicts.

Also speaking, Chairman, Muslim Community of Oyo State, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, who is also a national Co-Chairman of Interfaith Dialogue Forum and Oyo State President of Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju appealed to residents of Oyo State to shun religious differences as no religion supports violence.

The inauguration of the Oyo State Interfaith Dialogue Team was held symbolically at the state secretariat of CAN, Ijokodo and the secretariat of Muslim Ummah Southwest, MUSWEN, Iwo Road.

Olaolu Fawole

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