What We Do

Peace and Reconciliation Through Interreligious Dialogue in Nigeria

Currently, in Nigeria, violent conflicts are occurring, notably outbreaks between sedentary farming and pastoralist communities, between different ethnicities and between Christian and Muslim groups. These conflicts breed social unrest and are exploited for political gain. In this environment beset by conflict, the programme works with partners to help rebuild and strengthen social cohesion, particularly among and between Christians and Muslims.

The programme supports, documents and coordinates local efforts by religious communities and interreligious advocates that contribute to reconciliation in the region through interreligious dialogue. In view of the scale of the challenge, Nigerian stakeholders are seeking to establish a sustainable and inclusive interreligious platform for peace to meet the great need for meaningful dialogue.

 “Here, religion is used to manipulate and divide the society for personal gain and media attention, while at the grassroots level, the amount of interaction and interreligious understanding is incredible,” said Ibrahim Yahya, Director of the Da’Wah Institute of Nigeria.

Through this programme, the Centre is cooperating with the Nigerian Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). KAICIID and IPCR implemented a project in cooperation with the Women of Faith Peacebuilding Network in January 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria.

Strategic Focus: Peacebuilding in Nigeria

The Nigeria Country Programme is designed to help religious actors set up, successfully run and effectively manage IRD platforms in conflict situations. The programme supports Nigerian religious community leaders and policy-makers to work together on initiatives that are designed to bring about peace and reconciliation.

Programme Goals

  1. To establish diverse IRD platforms in conflict situations and at the regional/global level that generate deep and robust dialogue on the causes of, and solutions to, conflict;
  2. To enhance mutual and inclusive understanding of human rights, respect and trust among/between religious leaders and policy-makers;
  3. To promote cooperative action to foster peace and reconciliation among members of the platforms and local stakeholders;
  4. To develop a comprehensive body of knowledge on IRD for peace and reconciliation in conflict situations and create linkages to the broader field of IRD.

KAICIID’s efforts to achieve those goals can be grouped into the four activities in Nigeria: