The idea behind setting up the Foundation emanated from two very important milestones:
- Series of interactions His Eminence had with Imam Mohamed Hag Magid and his colleagues from the International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and other development partners working on health and immunization issues. These culminated in the attendance of the Sultan’s delegation to the international summit on Polio eradication “Vaccinations and Religion: Issues, Challenges, and Prospect”, organized by the IIPC in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Senegal, held in Dakar on March 24-25, 2014. The summit brought together more than 80 African Muslim government officials, medical professionals, and religious leaders.
- The Abu Dhabi Peace Conference held between June 21-23, 2014 under the invitation and distinguished chairmanship of Sheikh Abd Allah bin Bayyah, President of the Global Centre for Renewal and Guidance and Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies which was attended by a delegation of 20 scholars and leaders of Islamic Organizations in Nigeria under the leadership of HRH Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, Emir of Argungu. The conference discussed a variety of issues relating to peace, peaceful coexistence between people of different faiths as well as security in Nigeria. At the end of the conference, delegates articulated areas that required intervention, most important of which were; education, capacity building, intra-faith and interfaith engagement, humanitarian and poverty alleviation etc.
Based on the foregoing, the Foundation was set up with a functional secretariat and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission to ensure the realization of the set objectives through careful planning and implementation of practical solutions that would aid the Ummah and Nigerians in general the reduction of poverty as well as provide lasting peace in our communities.