By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
In an effort to strengthening Christian-Muslim relationship in the country, former Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and Pastor Buru have led a delegation of top Northern Nigerian Christians clerics to the house of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, in Kaduna, with the aim of breaking Ramadan fast.
The sole purpose is to encourage religious tolerance, better understanding and promote peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims across Nigeria, in order to live in peace and harmony.
Addressing journalists shortly after the breaking of fast at Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi’s Kaduna Residence, Dalung said it has become imperative that Christians and Muslims live together as one family under God, in view of the fact that both of them worship one God and are the grand children of Adam and Eve.
According to him, this is the 10th time they have been to the Shiekh’s house to join him and other top Islamic scholars to promote peace, unity, forgiveness and better understanding among different faith based 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 said he came this time with many national issues disturbing peace and stability in the country and he believes if Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi can talk to those at the higher level, they would surely listen to him, to save the nation from the increasing daily reports on killing and kidnapping and other banditry activities that is drawing the nation backward.
He stressed that Nigeria is facing tough times due to the internal problems the nation is facing and hence, the need to join hands with every stakeholders to save the country against the increasing insecurity challenges bedeviling peace and 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.
“We are appealing to you to talk to other elders in the regions and other stakeholders, to end the worries the region is facing as a result of continuous Boko Haram, banditry attacks and other criminal activities that are taking place in the Northern region and the country,” 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.
Also speaking, Pastor Yohanna Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry equally described the Sheikh as an adherent of peace and unity in the country.
He said they were in Bauchi’s residence to show solidarity with Muslims in the Holy month, while urging them to pray for peace and stability in the country and pray for the security men and women that are currently at the battle groundu with the insurgency.
The Christian cleric pointed out that, they are using the Ramadan season to boost inter-religious harmony and preach the message of peace and unity among Muslims and Christians.
“Ramadan season provides golden opportunity for Christians all over the world to strengthen good relationship with their Muslim neighbours.
“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 noted that since the beginning of the year 2021 Ramadan, the church has distributed plenty bags of grains and other foodstuff to the poor muslims to enable them have enough food to eat during the season without going out searching.
“The church is also planning to share food during the sallah for the IDPs and other poor Muslims,” he added.
Responding earlier, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi called on scholars from the two faith 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 then thanked the minister for mobilizing Christian clerics from various states to join him in breaking Ramadan with other Muslim scholars.