Saturday, August 8, 2015


8th August, 2015

The Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development and a US-based NGO, International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen ties between both parties in areas of education, health, conflict resolution, revitalization of Islamic schools, youth and women empowerment, interfaith dialogue, socio-economic development and the welfare of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The event, a one-day roundtable which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, was chaired by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar mni, Grand Patron of the Foundation. The occasion had in attendance Ambassador Rashad Hussain, Special Envoy of President Barrack Obama, Imam Mohamed Magid and Dr. Imrana Umar, chairman and executive director of the IIPC respectively. The MoU was signed by H. E. the Sultan and Imam Mohamed Magid on behalf of the two organizations.

The coordinator of Sultan Foundation, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Mera, was present at the event. Also in attendance were leaders of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI), JIBWIS, Qadiriyyah, Tijaniyyah, the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Dawah Coordinating Council of Nigeria, Al-Usrah Islamic Foundation of Port Harcourt, National Islamic Center, Jamaatut Tajdidil Islamy, the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), The Muslim Congress (TMC), Tadhamun, Igbo Muslim Ummah Foundation, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and many other Islamic organizations.

The roundtable condemned terrorist groups and hate statements emanating from groups like Al-Qaidah, ISIS and Boko Haram. It expressed deep concern about the poor and degenerating condition of the internally displaced persons in the North East and called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish the North East Development Commission without delay. 

In his speech at the event, HE the Sultan enumerated the objectives of the Sultan Foundation which includes the provision of relief for IDPs, the promotion of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the adherents of different religions in the country, the reduction of poverty through wealth creation and the development of the capacity of Islamic scholars to enable them understand and preach moderation in order to counter extremism and terrorism.

As part of the cooperation between the two organizations, IIPC and its partners will host 21 Nigerian Muslim leaders from different Islamic organizations who will attend a 3-week Study Tour in the United States between August and September this year.

Mallam M. A. Inuwa,                                      
Director of Programmes,
Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development

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