Tony Blair Visits Lagos on Behalf of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation
22 Apr 2013
Former UK Prime Minister and Founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Tony Blair, has visited Lagos, Nigeria to attend the inauguration and opening of the Rock Cathedral and Metropolitan Church of Christ in Lagos as a centre for Social Justice and National Transformation, also attended by President Goodluck Jonathan.
During his visit, he also met with the Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, and Jamatul Nasril Islam representative Abdul-Fatah Adeshina, to discuss the work his Faith Foundation is doing in Nigeria to promote religious reconciliation.
Mr Blair said:"I am delighted to be in Lagos, a city rich in history and culture, and to hear from the experience of people of different faiths in the city.
"My Foundation and I are deeply committed to helping address the challenges of religious reconciliation in Nigeria and we launched our plans for work on this in Abuja last year.
"Understanding and respecting different faiths is central to securing sustainable peace, particularly where those who seek to misuse religion for violent ends aim to destroy it. Nowhere is this felt more keenly than Nigeria, where nation building and peace building between religious groups are the fundamental stepping stones to the future.
"I hope that over the coming months and years, the country will move towards healing the rifts and divisions amongst faiths in the country, bringing unity and peaceful co-existence."