Kaduna Archbishop Holds Breakfast Parley With Muslim Leaders, Others
Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Rev. Dr. Matthew Manoso Ndagoso, Sunday held parley/breakfast with representatives of Muslim and Christian community leaders and district head of Matagyi, Sabon Tasha in Gbagyi Chiefdom.
The one hour meeting with leaders of other Christian religion was in continuation of the interactive programme on inter-religious Ecumenism Commission of St. Peters Catholic Church Sabon Tasha, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state metropolis.
Addressing the leaders and other stakeholders at the premises of the Church, Archbishop Ndagoso said the trust of the meeting was to form a common ground towards achieving harmonious and peaceful coexistence among the various religious followers in the areas.
He said God created human beings as one and wished them to leave together as one people, irrespective of tribes, religion or faith, adding that religion itself is not the cause of conflicts but the practitioners are the causes of the conflicts due lack of the understanding of their religions.
He said, “When you talk about religion, you talk about God, and God cannot cause confusion for his children. I see no reason why we Christians and Muslims should be killing each other as a result of disagreement that we can easily sit down and resolve with dialogue.”
Philip Yusuf Arege, chairman of Interreligious Commission of Catholic Church, Sabon Tasha, said in an interview that the commission was formed five years ago through the directive of the Archbishop to all parishes to form the commission for peaceful coexistence using dialogue.
According to him, the essence of the commission, among others, is “to see what we can do together as Christians and Muslims for our community in terms of providing education and health centres.” He also revealed that activities of the Commission had commenced about one year ago in the Parish of St Peter’s, Sabon Tasha.
Representatives of Muslims, Eckwa, Redeem and other churches expressed happiness over the meeting aimed at bringing about peace. Also speaking to journalists at the occasion, Parish Priest of St. Peters Catholic Church, who is also member Society of African Mission, Zambia, Rev Fr Ignatius Malwa, said even though the forum started from small community in Sabon Tasha, it would be extended to other communities, states, countries and world over in the near future.
The Zambian indigenous priest noted that the impact may be slow, but urged Nigerians to embrace dialogue approach, saying it’s better to start from somewhere. The Chief Imam of Sabon Tasha Central Mosque, Adamu Abdulkadir, was present at the parley, which took place at about 10am in the church premises.