Chris­tians, Mus­lims cel­e­brate Easter in Kaduna

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi, Kaduna

Chris­tians and Mus­lims in Kaduna came to­gether on the evening of Good Fri­day to dine to­gether in the spirit of Easter.

At the gath­er­ing, ad­her­ents of both reli­gions sat to­gether with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion, ate and in­ter­acted for over two hours on how to achieve last­ing peace in the state and coun­try.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised by the Chris­tian, Mus­lim Peace Ini­tia­tive in Nigeria in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Peace Re­vival and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Foun­da­tion and other non gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing on peace in the state.

In his open­ing re­marks, pres­i­dent and founder of Peace, Re­vival and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Foun­da­tion, Pas­tor Yo­hanna Buru, said the essence of the gath­er­ing was for people to sit to­gether re­gard­less of their dif­fer­ences and speak with ma­tu­rity and un­der­stand­ing.

“We don’t want rel­a­tive peace but last­ing peace that will come to stay in North­ern Nigeria, Nigeria and in Africa. We are not ask­ing any­one to com­pro­mise his/her faith but if we can un­der­stand one an­other, we will live in peace. We ex­pect you to ex­tend this gospel of peace to people in your com­mu­ni­ties when you get back home.

Co-chair­man of Chris­tian, Mus­lim Peace Ini­tia­tive in Nigeria, Garba Muhammed, on his part, said the idea of the meet­ing was con­ceived two years ago when Mus­lims joined their Chris­tian coun­ter­parts to break fast dur­ing the Len­ten pe­riod.

“When it was time to say the Magrib prayers, the Chris­tians of­fered us a place to pray in their premises. The prayers we of­fered that day be­came a sym­bol of peace. The im­pres­sion out there is that Chris­tians don’t like Mus­lims and vice versa, there is sus­pi­cion every­where. We pro­mote dis­unity in our places of wor­ship, yet we go to the same mar­ket and our chil­dren go to the same schools. Our find­ings have shown that there is noth­ing like re­li­gious killing, but that some el­e­ments and crim­i­nals are us­ing the sit­u­a­tion which we gen­er­ated our­selves to per­pe­trate ter­ror against in­no­cent per­sons,” he said.

Also speak­ing, chair­man of the Fu­lani Peace Ini­tia­tors of Nigeria, Sale Bako, said Fu­la­nis are peace lov­ing people and that any­one who says other­wise is ly­ing.

“I am a Fu­lani man, but was born and brought up in South­ern Kaduna. I was the only Mus­lim in my pri­mary school but I was ap­pointed the Head Boy be­cause of the peace that ex­isted at that time. The people who are be­hind the crises are suc­ceed­ing be­cause they are tak­ing ad­van­tage of our ig­no­rance,” he said.

Leader of the Yoruba com­mu­nity, Al­haji Mo­hammed Arig­babuwo, who was also present at the event, blamed Nigeria lead­ers for the crises.

“Greed has cov­ered the eyes of our lead­ers and that is why we have prob­lems. Some people want us to break up but God will not al­low them. Re­li­gion is be­tween you and God and no­body can fight for the Almighty,” he said.

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