In order to further ensure peaceful co-existence among the two major religions in the country, Muslim women under the auspices of the Federation of Muslim Women's Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and the Catholic Women Association of Nigeria (CWAON) have agreed to collaborate over state of insecurity in country.
The Leader of FOMWAN, Hajia Maryam Idris Othman, who stated this during an enlightenment programme for Muslim women in the country, said the move became necessary because of the Boko Haram menace that was ravaging parts of the North.
She stated that the two groups had established working relationship and developed programmes capable of enhancing peaceful co-existence in some states of the federation.
According to her, the collaborative efforts have been on in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Oyo, Plateau and Kaduna states where they have been preaching peace among various ethnic and religious groups.
Ms. Othman said the group had analysed the activities of the dreaded Boko Haram and concluded that the group was not fighting religious war but political as no religion teaches killing as a way of venting one's anger.
"Most of the killings affect both Christians and Muslims, an indication that it has nothing to do with religion," she added.
Ms. Othman, however, urged the Federal government to enter into dialogue with the identified leaders of the group if only that would bring lasting peace to the Northern part of the country.
Speaking on vaccination for children, she said Islam did not forbid taking vaccine in order to prevent polio as those who refused to submit their children for vaccination did not have knowledge of Islam.
However, she added that part of the reason the group was in the state to enlighten women's groups on how to relate with members of the society, know their rights and clarify Islam's stance on these issues.
Yinka Oladoyinbo, "Muslim, Catholic women unite for peace" Nigerian Tribune March 27, 2012
"Muslim women seek FG/Boko Haram dialogue" vanguard March 25, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today