Kaduna â€” Muslims and Christians in Kaduna state devoid of ethnic, religious and tribal differences came out en-masse on Friday to celebrate Eid-el-Mubarak in a bid to promote togetherness and peaceful co-existence.
A blend of traditional, religious and youth leaders, as well as top Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) were present at the meeting initiated by the Christian/ Muslim peace, Unity and Development initiative (CM-PIN).
Over 150 less privileged persons, including widows, orphans and destitute were presented with three rams for the sacrificial celebration.
During the meeting, community and religious leaders harped on the need for mutual co-existence among adherents of the two monotheistic religions, urging them to eschew bitterness and imbibe love and tolerance.
The Sardaunan Samaru Zaria, Alhaji Bello Sa’eed, charged religious leaders on ensuring that peace is embraced by their followers.
He explained that Nigerians should realize that God is one and as such, “we should stop being at each others’ throats at every slight provocation.”
Speaking further, Alhaji Sa’eed who was represented by the Magajin Garin Samaru, Alhaji Ubale Abubakar appealed to all Nigerians to keep praying for peaceful co-existence in the country.
Also speaking, Hajiya Gambo Gusau of an NGO, Muryan Talakawa of Nigeria, stressed the need for tolerance.
She appealed to all Nigerian’s irrespective of tribe or religion to embrace peace, adding that peace building should be everybody’s business.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Christian Solidarity worldwide Nigeria, Reverend Yunusa Nmadu commended the initiative of bringing both religions together to continuously remind each other on the need to live in peace.
In the same vein, the Chairperson, NAWOJ Kaduna State, Farida Abubakar commended pastors and imams in the state for the important role they play in ensuring that the state remains peaceful.
She blamed violence in the country on the lack of fear of God, while urging parents to always monitor the activities of their children to prevent them from engaging in social vices.