by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
In determination toward promoting peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance, love and better understanding among different faith-based organizations in Kaduna state, north western Nigeria, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna-south, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has donated large sets of plastic kettles and praying mats to the chief Imam of a rebuilt mosque, which was gutted by fire, on Fulani Road, Tudun Wada, Kaduna state.
The Christian cleric was in the mosque along with other Christian scholars from the church ministry to share the plastic kettles and praying mats, in order to strengthen relationship between Christian and Muslims and to commensurate with them over the fire incident.
Pastor Buru said in a remark that they were at the scene seven months ago to commensurate with the Chief Imam and the Muslim Ummah after the fire incident that destroyed the Arabic school and the mosque at the same night.
Pastor Yohanna called on other wealthy Muslims, peace NGOs and the state government to equally support the mosque and the Islamic school with necessary materials, adding that the Chief Imam of the mosque is his good friend for a long time.
Buru called on Muslims and Christians to all pray for peace stability in the state, while calling on all scholars to double efforts in praying to God to bring an end to insecurity challenges that is affecting all sectors of human development.
“We all must remember that we are from same parents (Adam and Eve) and we all worship one God. We must remember that we are one family under God.”
Receiving the materials, Sheikh Salihu Mai-Barota, who is Chief Imam of the mosque, expressed happiness over the donation by Pastors Yohanna and his members.
According to him, the fire outbreak destroyed 5 Islamic classes and the mosque, but Glory be to Allah, they were able to rebuild the mosque and fix it back to its place.
He said, “This is not the first time Pastor Yohanna is visiting him at his mosque to strengthen Muslim-Christian-clerics relationship, in order to promote peace and unity.
The imam thanked the pastor and his entourage that visited him at the mosque, and called on Muslim and Christian youths to be tolerant towards each other.