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Muslims, Christians have breakfast to strengthen religious harmony in Kaduna

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Several Muslims in Kaduna visited Christian clerics and their Christian counterparts to break the lent fast in a bid to strengthen peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance among different religions in the state.

Speaking at the event, General Overseer of the Christ Evangelical Intercessory and Life Ministry, Yohanna Buru, said the gathering was aimed at promoting peace, interreligious dialogue and understanding among multi-religious organisations.

Buru stressed the need for religious harmony in the state to foster peace and economy development of the state.He commended the Muslims for honouring the invitation to break fast together and urged the media to always strive to promote peace within and outside the state so that government and individual efforts could be appreciated.

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He said, “We must always remember that inter-religious dialogue is gaining momentum and importance at both national and international levels. Inter-religious dialogue is more important in Nigeria than anywhere else, because Nigeria is the most populous country in African and it is a pluralistic and multi-religious society, mainly dominated by Islam and Christianity.

“We must learn to forgive each other on places Christians and Muslims hurt each other to live in peace and unity.“For peace and understanding to be achieved, Muslims and Christians have to join hands and be their brothers’ keepers as that is the only way to salvage the country, but when the two major religions are at war with each other, no meaningful development can be achieved.”

He noted that the aim of inviting Muslims to break fast with Christians was to promote peace and understanding among different faiths with a view to addressing some religious misunderstandings between the two religions.

“The significance of Lent and Ash Wednesday, was in reminding Christians that they were made up of dust and that unto dust they must return, and hence should fast, pray and forgive.”

Speaking, National Chairman of Beyond the Borders of Disability in Nigeria (BBDN), Rilwanu Abdullahi, said they attended the eventsto join Christians in breaking fast with the aim of promoting unity among good citizens of Nigeria.

He used the opportunity to urge the people of the state to embrace peaceful co-existence without religious bias and prejudices.“God has already joined us together and not by ourselves and it is, therefore, important to fear God and put away malice, because it will not take us anywhere,” he added.

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