by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha Kaduna, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has visited his Muslim friends to breakfast with them with the aim of strengthening peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance among different faith-based organizations in the state.
During the interfaith breakfast visit between the two religious bodies, Pastor Buru urged his Muslim brothers to redouble efforts and dedicate more time in prayers to heal the world against Covid-19.
According to Buru, his Muslim brothers usually come to their homes and join them in breaking the Lent, in order to boost good relationship between Muslims and Christians during their Lenten season (fasting and prayers for 40 days).
Pastor Buru said, “We came to felicitate with you for the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan and to urge you, our Muslims brothers, to redouble efforts and dedicate more time in prayers to heal the world against Covid-19.”
He also stated that the visitation also aimed at encouraging Christian-Muslim relationship in the state, so as to further strengthen peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance, forgiveness among Nigerians, and also to spread the message of peace, unity and to shun all forms of ethno-religious, political and regional differences.
Buru noted that, “We as Christian leaders, every year usually go to prison and bail-out some Muslim brothers, in order to get them freedom so that they can do their fasting at home with friends, families and relatives like any other Muslims, and we usually join Muslims scholars in breaking fast and attend their Tafsir to learn together with them.
“We usually join top Islamic leaders, including visiting Sultan of Sokoto in breaking fast to boost religious tolerance among citizens,” he stated.
The pastor also said, “We know the value of prayers and fasting; that is why we came to appeal to you to pray for the continuous unity of the country, and for God to save his people against Covid-19 that is killing people worldwide,” adding that “Covid19 has crippled activities of every nation; hence the need for Muslims and Christians to go back to the Almighty for corona-virus cure.”
Also speaking, Evangelist Jonathan with elder Rowland Sanda expressed satisfaction for the visits and called on both federal and state governments to be organizing more inter-faith breaking fast across the country.
According to them, the gesture will surely give more room for dialogue among different faith-bases organizations that would encourage everlasting peace building in the entire country.
In his remark, Sardaunan Matasan Arewa, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Gashash, said it’s a great privilege that his Christian friends visited him to strengthen better understanding and religious tolerance, adding that they must join hands to make Nigeria a better place.