…Urge for peace, stability prayers in Holy Week.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Muslims have already begun to felicitate with Christians for 2022 Easter Friday cerebration, urging Christians to use the Holy Week towards praying for peace and stability in the country.
This initiative is outlined with efforts towards promoting religious tolerance, peace and unity, better understanding among different faith-based organizations in the country.
An interfaith specialist in Nigeria, Ambassador Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, is among those felicitating with Christians all over the world, and has planned to begin Easter celebration, from Good Friday to Easter Monday, while urging them to use the Holy Week towards praying for peace and stability in the country.
She stressed that, “There is need for both Muslims and Christians to embark on ceaseless prayers and fasting for God Almighty to bring an end to insecurity challenges bedeviling peace stability in the country.”
While congratulating Christians the world over for successful completion of 40 days’ prayers and fasting since the beginning of the Lenten Season, she equally appealed to all Christian clerics to pray hard for God to end kidnapping, banditry, killing and general insecurity challenges that are causing more and more problems to the masses.
Haj. Ramatu, who is also founder of ‘Foundation for The Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria,’ appealed for prayers to God to halt the spread of Corona-virus and other tropical diseases that are capable of threatening the existence of human beings on earth.
According to her, “The significance of Easter cannot even be more compelling than now that the whole world is facing the devastating consequences of the Corona-virus pandemic, which impacts on our lifestyle and religious worship.”
Additionally, she called on Christian leaders to pray for Nigeria Army on peace missions, while calling on other Muslim scholars to offer special prayers for security men and para-military that are at the battle ground fighting Boko Haram and bandits so that they could succeed in all their operations.
“We are one family under God; our biological parents were Adam and Eve, worshipping one God, and we all have Holy Scriptures from the same God.
“And we must remember that we are brothers and sisters, irrespective of color, culture, religion and cultural background,” she stated.
She then congratulated Reverend Dr Sunday Ibrahim on his new appointment to the position of Secretary-General of the Christians Association of Nigeria, Northern CAN.
Similarly, Mallam Gambo Abdullahi Barnawa Kaduna congratulated Christians on Easter and urged them to use lessons learnt during the Lenten period towards promoting peace, unity and forgiveness.
He mentioned that, during the Lenten season, some Muslims where able to go and join Christians in breaking the Lenten fasting, in order to strengthen peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance and better understanding between Muslims and Christians.
While wishing all Christians Happy Easter celebrations, he equally appealed to them to obey Corona-viris protocols, which include washing of hands, keeping social distancing, and regular use of face-masks to halt spread of the virus.
Mallam Gambo said, every year, he usually send over 200 SMS texts to all his friends and colleagues that were Christians, in order to foster peace and to show to his younger ones that, “Peace and unity is what we need in Nigeria.”
Alarammma Abdulrahman Bichi, from Kano, said he has started sending his congratulatory messages to all his Christian brothers and other clerics.
He said, every year, Pastor Yohanna Buru usually send him Sallah messages, so he also used Christmas, New Year and Easter seasons to send many text messages to all his Christian friends, adding that, “We must join hands towards making Nigeria a better place through prayers.”