By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Former minister of sport Barister Solomon Dalung has lead a delegation of Top northern Nigerian Christians clerics to the house of sheick Dahiru Bauchi in kaduna states northern western Nigeria , with the aims of breaking Ramadan interfaith iftar Fast to strengthening Christians-Muslims relationship in the region.
The aim is also to encourage religious tolerance ,better understandin,and promote peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims across Nigeria in order to live in peace and harmony.
Addressing journalists shortly after the breakfast at the Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi’s Kaduna Residence along express road kaduna, Dalung said it has become imperative that Christians and Muslims must live together as one family under God inview of the fact that both of them worship one God and were the grand childrens of adams and eve.
According to him, this the 10th times, they have been coming to the shieck house to joined him and other top Islamic scholars to promote peace, unity, forgiveness, better understanding among different faith base organization across the 19 northern states of the country.
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 says, he came this time with many national issues disturbing peace stability in the country and 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.
He stressed that Nigeria is facing tough time due to the internal problems the nation is facing and ,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 believed if you talk, they listen, because God has given you what it takes to be a real leader and a good preacher.
“We are appealed that you should take to the elders in the regions and other stake holders, so as the end the worries the region is facing as a result of continuous Boko haram,banditry attacks and other criminal activities that is taking place in the entire 19 northern region”, he said.
According to him ,Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi is not only a renowned Muslim cleric and leader, but also a true representation of what Islam requires .
He said ,the coming together of Christians and muslims scholars and meeting –for- interfaith- Iftar breakfast is a sign of peace and unity of the country and such gesture most be maintained at all time
While calling on religious clerics to keep praying for the nation, he equally appealed to youths and women groups to support in restoring peace and unity in the country.
Also speaking, Pastor Yohanna Buru the general over seer of Christ evangelical and life intervention ministry equally described the Sheikh as an ardent of peace and unity.in the country.
He said they were in Bauchi’s residence this evening 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 currently at the battled ground with the insurgency.
The Christians cleric pointed that,the use the Ramadan season to boost inter-religious harmony and preach the message of peace and unity among Muslims and Christians.
“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,” he stated.
He noted that since the beginning of the year 2021 Ramadan, the church has distributed plenty bags of grains and other foodstuffs to the poor muslims,so as to enabled them have enough food to eat during the season without going out searching for what to eat.
“The church is also planning to share food during the sallah for the IDP and other poor muslims”, he stated.
Also commenting, Pastor John and Christopher with reverend Joshua Ahmed, they emphasized on the need for state and federal government to be organizing annuall interfaith iftar Breakfast for muslims and Christians youth,so as to shun all forms of hate speeches,vengeance attack and religions discriminations in the communities.
“Until we teaches them love and tolerance before we can have the peace we love to see”, he said.
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 varions states for coming to joined him in breaking Ramadan with othe muslims scholars
He ended by praying for Nigerians unity both home and abroad. End