By Victor Habila, Kaduna
Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has led a delegation of Christian leaders in Northern Nigeria to the residence of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi in Kaduna state to break Ramadan interfaith iftar fast to strengthening Christians-Muslims relationship in the region.
Addressing journalists shortly after the breakfast at the Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi’s Kaduna Residence, Dalung said it has become imperative that Christians and Muslims must live together as one family under God, in view of the fact that both of them worship one God and are the descendants of Adam and Eve.
He added that the interfaith iftar will also encourage religious tolerance, better understandin, and promote peaceful co-existence between both religions.
He emphasized that it is only when the adherents of the two major faith coexist that sustainable peace can be achieved in Nigeria.
The former Minister further mentioned that many national issues disturbing peace stability in the country were discussed, stressing that he believed if sheikh Dahiru Bauchi Can Talk to those at the top level, they would surely listen to him,so as to save the nation against the increasing daily reports on killing and kidnapping and other banditry activities that is bringing the nation back words.
According to him, “Nigeria is facing tough time due to the internal problems the nation is facing , hence the need to joined hands with every stake holders to save the country against the increasing insecurity challenges bedeviling peace stability in the country.”
“We believe if you talk, they listen, because God has given you what it takes to be a real leader and a good preacher.”
He further stated that “We appealed that you should take to the elders in the regions and other stakeholders, so as to end the worries the region is facing as a result of continuous Boko haram insurgency, banditry attacks and other criminal activities that is taking place in the entire 19 northern region.”, He said.
Also speaking, Pastor Yohanna Buru the general overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life intervention ministry equally described the Sheikh as an ardent of peace and unity.in the country.
He said the interfaith iftar became necessary in order to show solidarity with Muslims in the holy month, while urging them to pray for peace stability in the country and pray for the security men and women that are at the battleground with the insurgents.
The Christian cleric pointed that, they used the Ramadan season to boost inter-religious harmony and preach the message of peace and unity among Muslims and Christians.
In his words “Ramadan season provide golden opportunity for Christians all over the world to strengthens good relationship with their neighbor muslims ”
“We also use the period to feed prison inmates, orphans, the less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons, widows and women living with HIV/Aids to show them love and cares.”
Pastor Buru noted that since the beginning of the year 2021 Ramadan, the church has distributed bags of grains and other foodstuffs to the poor muslims,so as to enable them have enough food to eat during the season without going out searching for what to eat.
He disclosed that the church is also planning to share food during the sallah for the IDP and other poor muslims.
On their part, Pastor John and Christopher with reverend Joshua Ahmed, jointly emphasized on the need for state and federal government to be organizing annual interfaith iftar Breakfast for muslims and Christians youth, saying that will them to shun all forms of hate speeches, vengeance attack and religions discriminations in the communities.
Responding, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi called on scholars from the two faiths to pray for peace and unity of the country, as well as for leaders to succeed in the discharge of their responsibilities.
He expressed optimism that in spite of the various challenges, Nigeria would remain one indivisible entity.
The muslim scholar thanked the minister for mobilizing Christians clerics from various states to join him in breaking Ramadan with other muslims scholars.