Four Nigerian religious leaders have been nominated into the Council of Religions for Peace, a United Nations-backed organisation for global harmony.

The newly-elected leaders includes the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar; Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; the President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Samson Ayokunle; and a Catholic Reverend Sister, Agatha Chikelu.

A statement by CAN’s Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Vondip said their election took place at the ongoing 10th World Assembly Council of Religions for Peace in Germany.

The Council also confirmed the election of an experienced erudite scholar Azza Karam and United Nations staff as the new Secretary General of the Organisation.

Karam is the first African and woman to have risen to that position. A Nigerian woman and Reverend Sister, Agatha Chikelu is also elected as woman representative of Women of Faith into the Council.