…Makes “annual reach-out” donation to Centre.
by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has appreciated the Al-habibiyya Islamic Centre for always inviting him, describing the gesture as a “good step towards building bridges and demystifying the so-called differences said to exist among Nigerians that have been exploited for negative reasons.”
According to him, despite the terror unleashed on Nigerians by few criminal elements, Nigerians are largely peaceful people that love one another and are tolerant of one another’s religious, political and ethnic persuasions.
His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who was accompanied by Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State, to the visit at the Al-habibiyya Islamic Centre in Guzape, Abuja, made donations to the Centre as part of the “annual reach-out” of the Cardinal to the Muslim community.
He, therefore, advised against the propagation of the notion that ‘Nigerians are at war with one another,’ which he said is incorrect.
In his response, Imam of the Al-habibiyya Islamic Centre, Fuad Adayemi, said the visit of the Cardinal and the Governor was significant and shows their antecedents as peacemakers and leaders, who should be emulated.
Imam Fuad, who is the presenter of Abrahamic Mission on NTA Network, appreciated Governor Lalong for appearing on the programme and continuously working to entrench peace and progress in Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.
The Plateau State Governor, who accompanied Cardinal Onaiyekan to the breaking of fast, described the gesture as “exemplary and capable of eliminating the intolerance and suspicion that exists between Christians and Muslims.”
He commended the Cardinal for demonstrating the love of God to Muslims and people of other faiths, saying, such interactions and solidarity will foster peaceful coexistence among Nigerians and remove the negative narratives of religious differences that have become a major threat to the progress of Nigeria.
The governor reiterated that, his passion for peace will continue to motivate him towards reaching out to people of different ethno religious backgrounds, in order to ensure that humanity is respected and defended.
Also, NDLEA Chairman, Gen. Buba Marwa, equally attended the breaking of fast where the Cardinal and Governor Lalong participated in the sharing of food donated to the ummah. Prayers were offered for the peace of Nigeria.