By maryam Diallo
In a remarkable testament to his commitment to peace and interreligious understanding, Pastor Yohanna Buru, the General Overseer of the Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry in Kaduna, Nigeria, has been honored with three prestigious honorary doctorate degrees by renowned international universities.
These distinguished accolades were granted to him by esteemed European institutions in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote interfaith tolerance and forgiveness among adherents of various faith-based organizations in Nigeria.
Reflecting on this unexpected recognition, Pastor Buru humbly remarked, “I never dreamt of receiving such esteemed doctorate degrees from any university. However, by the grace of Almighty God, I have been bestowed with three doctorate degrees in just one year.”
In addition to these remarkable accolades, Pastor Buru was also recognized as the overall winner of the United Nations World Interfaith Week and Harmony in 2022, cementing his status as a global advocate for peace and interfaith cooperation.
His contributions to peace-building and conflict prevention have earned him over 100 awards, not only in Nigeria but also across various regions of West Africa.
With heartfelt appreciation, Pastor Buru extended his gratitude to the governing boards of the institutions that found him deserving of these prestigious awards. The universities that conferred these honorary doctorates include:
1.European Institute of Applied Research, Estonia
2-Northwest International University, Republic of Armenia
3-Christian Ministerial Training University, Zambia
4-Glory International University, Burkina Faso
5-Cholan Book of World Records, India
Furthermore, Pastor Buru shared that two more African universities are set to honor him before the year concludes.
In closing, he seized the opportunity to express his profound gratitude to the dedicated journalists who have played an indispensable role in amplifying his tireless peace initiatives and raising awareness, both within Nigeria and across various regions of Africa. Their unwavering support has been invaluable in advancing his mission of fostering harmony and mutual respect among diverse religious communities.