Unbelievable: Christians, Muslims Celebrate Easter Season In Pastor’s House In Kaduna, Nigeria
Apparently to promote religious tolerance and better understanding among different faith-based organizations in Nigeria, a large number of Muslims and Christians, both sat together and celebrated Easter in a grand style.
Without any form of discrimination, the group, including traditional title holders ate, interacted and dialogued with one another for over three hours at Evangelist Pastor Yohanna Buru’s home, located at Sabon Tasha area of Southern part of Kaduna in northern Nigeria.
They began with rubbing minds on various ways to achieve lasting peace in the state and country, and how the message of peace and unity and living together could be spread to other neighboring African countries.
In his opening remarks pastor, Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, expressed satisfaction over the visit by a team of Muslim scholars and traditional title holders and youth organization in the state, which is aimed at boosting peaceful co-existence among different religions, and on how to encourage religious tolerance.
Pastor Buru said, “We must team together as one Nigerian, irrespective of our different cultural and religious backgrounds, in order to find means of ending all forms of ethno-religious and political crisis that is setting us backward, comparing the northern states with the southern part of the region.
“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 and harmony with every citizen, so as to make Nigeria great again and again,” he said.
Buru pointed out clearly that, “Your coming to my house for Easter celebration will surely boost religious tolerance and better understanding between Muslims and Christians in the whole part of the country,” adding that “Nigeria needs the prayer by everyone, irrespective of his/her religious differences, to make the country great, and this would enable Government and all the civil societies and NGOs in carrying out their responsibilities in both rural and urban cities in the country.
“It is only when there is peace and unity that all development partners from different part of the world would like to come to Nigeria; but when there is no peace, there won’t be anyone that would like to visit our great country, Nigeria. Therefore, we must preach peace everywhere we go, so that we can attract the attention of development partners from different parts of the world to come to our great country,” he stressed.
The cleric also noted that, peace is the ultimate responsibility of every patriotic Nigerian, that everyone must contribute his own quota in spreading the message of peace and unity in Nigeria and all parts of African the region.
Responding on behalf of the Muslims that arrived the pastor’s house, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Cika – Sonan Zazzau, who is a traditional titled holder at Unguwar Ma’azu, Kaduna state, said “this is not our first time of coming to Pastor Yohanna Buru’s house to celebrate Easter and Christmas, because we have been coming here for over 5 years to rejoice with all the members of his church.”
Alhaji Ahmed said, “it’s only through better understanding of the teachings of our holy Books that we can surely overcome all the crisis bedeviling peace and stability in the entire 19 northern states of Nigeria that is setting us backward every day.”
Ahmed said the Christian always comes to our mosques during the Ramadan season and break fast with us inside our mosques without any form of differences of hatred. It is, therefore, our own turn now, to always visit during the religious ceremony, in order to support both state and federal governments in tackling insecurity challenges disturbing our villages.”
Also responding, Mallam Gambo Abdullahi, who is one of the Islamic preachers in the state, appealed to Government at all levels in overcoming the daily challenges of cattle-rustling, armed robbery and attacks in the villages, kidnapping, raping young girls, and urged para-military in tackling ritual activities in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
Gambo added that “It’s better for Nigerians and all CSOs and NGOs with religious leaders to support Government in the fight against corruption and find ways of punishing the wrong offenders that are looting the country’s treasury, so that it could be a lesion for other criminals. We expect you to extend this gospel of peace to people in your communities when you get back home, and we must teach our children peace from the grassroots,”