The WCC/RABIIT and JNI/CCN Delegation with the former Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in 2012.
The WCC/RABIIT and JNI/CCN Delegation with the former Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in 2012.

About ICIPH

The idea behind the establishment of a specialized Interfaith Center in Nigeria to address inter-religious conflicts was borne out of a fact-finding mission undertaken in May 2012 by an international delegation of Muslim and Christian leaders led by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought [RABIIT]. According to the “Fact-finding Report”, the delegation’s visit was proposed in reaction to the numerous incidents of fierce inter-communal strives which tremendously affected the lives of Nigerians during the period 2000 to 2012, especially knowing that -at least since the Bosnian war of 1993 to 1995- Nigeria is the only country in the world where most severe inter-communal violence between Christians and Muslims was experienced.

A major outcome of the fact-finding mission was the proposal to establish a neutral information-collection and archive center, ideally both virtually and on the ground in Nigeria, which will facilitate the sharing of stories, allow the voices of those who feel themselves voiceless to be heard and recorded and to assist with collecting of accurate data about incidents of violence, online and through hotlines.  In a nutshell, the aim of establishing the new Center will be to generate accurate, impartial and indelible record of injustices, violence and atrocities which can serve not only as deterrent but also as an honest starting point for future solutions. To come up with such an interfaith organization, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought [RABIIT] in close collaboration with their Nigerian partners; Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), commissioned Consultants to assess viability of establishing the Center, in particular the potential buy-in of religious leaders from both faiths and to advise on its setting up. After very wide consultations, an important finding of the Consultants was that almost 95% of their respondents

To come up with such an interfaith organization, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt Institute of Islamic Thought [RABIIT] in close collaboration with their Nigerian partners; Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), commissioned Consultants to assess viability of establishing the Center, in particular the potential buy-in of religious leaders from both faiths and to advise on its setting up. After very wide consultations, an important finding of the Consultants was that almost 95% of their respondents

After very wide consultations, an important finding of the Consultants was that almost 95% of their respondents favored the creation of an interfaith center, while the remaining 5% questioned the need for another initiative when there are many Interfaith Dialogue Organizations already on ground in the country. Despite the abundance of indigenous as well as foreign interfaith initiatives across Nigeria, findings in the field revealed that there was still need for a specific Center, owned, run and managed by a leading Muslim Organization (JNI) and a Leading Christian Organization (CCN), devoid of political interference, working in close partnership with local and international organizations for Nigeria. In line with the many recommendations of the Consultants, WCC and RABIIT, in partnership with CCN and JNI decided to establish such an Interfaith Dialogue Organization in Nigeria. This fundamental decision led to the formation of the International Center for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony (ICIPH), whose office premises is situated at No. 4 Kinkino Road, Off Alkali Road, Kaduna, was commissioned on 19 August 2016. Since its commissioning in August 2016, the ICIPH has been working toward achieving the objectives it was set up to achieve.

In line with the many recommendations of the Consultants, WCC and RABIIT, in partnership with CCN and JNI decided to establish such an Interfaith Dialogue Organization in Nigeria. This fundamental decision led to the formation of the International Center for Interfaith, Peace and Harmony (ICIPH), situated at No. 4 Kinkino Road, Off Alkali Road, Kaduna, Nigeria. Its office was commissioned on 19 August 2016 and since then, the ICIPH has been working toward achieving the objectives it was set up to achieve.

 

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ICIPH Projects

The ICIPH aims at bringing together:

Local and international faith based agencies and experts in conflict transformation to address interfaith relationships in Nigeria in collaboration with quasi-governmental organizations, national and international NGOs. Not by any means the least, ICIPH shall also deploy resources to enable voices of victims especially women and children to be heard and provide examples of interreligious good practice to be shared around the world.

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Interreligious Collaboration

Collaborations with other interreligious initiatives working in Nigeria to make use of their contacts and experiences for betterment of interfaith relations…

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Humanitarian activities

Cooperation with other NGOs of proven track record on humanitarian action, such as Human Rights Watch to achieve results …

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Help Rendering

Provide accurate information relating to vulnerable groups who are victims of violence, in particular those involving women and children. …

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Model

Act as model for other similar Centers to be established in other regions/countries where there is interreligious conflict …

Our Advisory Board

Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches)
General Secretary
HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad
bin Talal of Jordan

Our Board Members

His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, 
Sultan of Sokoto.
His Eminence, Dr. Emmanuel Josiah Udofia,
Primate, African Church.
Shaykh Dr. Khalid A. Aliyu,
General Secretary, JNI
Rev. Dr. Yusuf Ibrahim Wushishi
General Secretary, CCN

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