A group of Christian clerics have donated plastic kettles and prayer mats to some mosques in Kaduna metropolis. The gesture is in a bid to promote religious tolerance, better understanding and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.
Pastor Yohanna Buru who led the clerics, said the items which are to be used for prayers, is a means of strengthening peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance in the country.
Buru who is the general overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, was accompanied by Reverend Fathers, Evangelists and church members.
The Christian group met with Islamic scholars with the sole aim of making their followers learn to live with one another in peace, irrespective of religious differences.
“We have come to donate these plastic kettles and prayers mats to the mosque leaders, because we all worship one God and we are from one family- Adam and Eve; so, we should be teaching both Muslims and Christians how to forgive, tolerate, love, accommodate each other and to preach against attacking holy places.
“The division in Kaduna State is as a result of religious and political crises that has caused a major setback to peace and stabilty in the state.
“The southern part of the state is highly dominated by Christians while the northen part is also dominated by Muslims. This has resulted to both religions opening their own schools, thereby making people see other communities as enemies,” Pastor Buru said.
Daily Post reports that last year, Pastor Buru was invited to over 60 Maulud celebrations, the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammad.
The cleric disclosed that: “I did that because the Bible teaches us to rejoice and celebrate with our neighbours and also to mourn with them when they are mourning.”
Receiving the gift items at the mosques at Tudun Wada, Kaduna, Sheikh Abdullahi salihu Maibarita, a Muslim scholar, expressed satisfaction and called for peace and harmony among Nigerians.
Sheikh Maibarita said that it was a surprise to Muslims Umma for Christians to buy praying items for them.
He said this was the first time in the history of Nigeria that Christian leaders were buying something for Mosques.