Nakuru East Deputy County Commissioner Omar Hajji Salat has challenged youths to be ambassadors of inter-religious tolerance in-order to ensure a peaceful society.
Speaking on Friday afternoon during a youths inter-religious training on awareness of religion courtesy Youth United for Peace in Kenya in collaboration with Catholic Diocese of Nakuru, the Deputy County Commissioner lauded the training saying it was timely.
He stated that the youths should wake up and embrace inter-religious tolerance more so between the Muslims and Christians who he says will ensure lesser conflict and greater tolerance and peace in society.
“The purpose of this is to ensure a lesser degree of conflict and a bigger degree of tolerance among the various religions and we call on youths from various religions to be ambassadors of the same” he said.
While stating that there was need for peaceful co-existence in Nakuru county, DCC Salat said the only way to combat crime in the urban towns is by ensuring there is good relationship between Muslims and Christians.
He stated that the Muslims and Christians have similarities in their teachings hence they should embrace each other and do away with the radicalization issues.
“The only way to fight crime is by ensuring there is tolerance between the Muslims and Christians. Once this is done I can assure you that 80% of the crime will be done away with” he said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Josephat Khamasi from Youth United for Peace in Kenya-an organization working with several Dioceses of Catholic Church in Kenya towards ensuring that youths embrace their colleagues from other religions.
Khamasi called on youths to also volunteer information to the security agencies as far as criminal and radicalization is concerned.
He said this will help ensure peaceful society.
“As youths we have different views but if we bring youths from various religions and put our minds together then we shall be one. As a country we have had challenges of radicalization and I think as youths we need to come up and work with security agencies by volunteering information” he said.
The two day workshop saw youths from various sub counties of Nakuru attend, all with one message to be ambassadors of inter-religious tolerance.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili: Nakuru East Deputy County Commissioner Omar Hajji Salat addressing youths during inter-religious training on awareness of religion courtesy Youth United for Peace in Kenya.He challenged youths to be ambassadors of inter-religious tolerance in-order to ensure a peaceful society.