The Boko Haram militia group drives a wedge between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria. Two religious leaders are working together for peaceful co-existence among the different groups.
In Germany, the archbishop and the Emir are seated next to each other laughing, but the reason for their visit is quite serious. The Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development ( BMZ ) invited them to discuss about the role of interfaith dialogue in times of Boko Haram.
Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama is the chairman of the Interreligious Committee for Peace in Nigeria and the Nigerian Bishops' Conference. He is convinced that religion is not the cause of violence in northern Nigeria, but rather the solution. "Unfortunately religion is used for the wrong purposes," he says. "It is politicized. It is abused and used to kill other people. Religion has nothing to do with the spread of terror by the Islamist Boko Haram militia." This is message that he and emir Muhammadu Muazu Mohammed, both of whom come from the Nigerian federal state of Plateau, want to get across. "I am full of hope that Nigeria can get over these tensions, if we reach more people," says Kaigama.