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PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN RECEIVING THE REPORT OF 2011 HAJJ FROM SULTAN OF SOKOTO AND LEADER OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DELEGATION TO THE HAJJ, ALHAJI SA'AD ABUBAKAR TODAY TUESDAY AT THE STATE HOUSE IN ABUJA

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has urged the Nigeria Inter Religious Council, NIREC, as the umbrella body of the two major religions in the country, to take a united position to commend or condemn positive or negative actions and utterances of groups and individuals that may threaten the peace of the nation.

President Jonathan said such joint action would show the teeming adherents of both religions, especially the youth, that there was unity and love among their leaders.

The President was speaking to members of the executive committee of the Nigerian Inter Religious Council, NIREC, at State House, Tuesday.

He acknowledged the security challenges confronting the country, but said government would continue to do its best, adding that this was a passing phase in the nation’s development.

President Jonathan assured NIREC that Government would continue to consult with them and seek their advice as necessary.

Earlier, NIREC submitted recommendations to President Jonathan about various national issues in the country.

The NIREC executive was led to State House by the Co-Chairmen, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III and Christian Association of Nigeria president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.