Religious leaders have harped on the need to bridge religious barriers and embrace love, tolerance and peace in order to develop the nation.

Gathered at a forum which brought together leaders of the Christian, Muslim and traditional faith, they noted that years of religious intolerance has made the nation suffer economically and socially.

They added that if Nigerians can grow beyond the religious lines the country can begin to enjoy ethnic collaboration which brings about growth and development for every nation.

They further urged government at all levels to embrace love, support peace and promote inter faith cooperation amongst all.