By; USMAN NASIDI, Kaduna
Few days after the massive distribution of foodstuff to over 1,000 less privileged Muslims in Kaduna State North Western Nigeria, the general overseer of Christ Evangelical And Life Intervention Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru has again doled out bags of grains to Muslim and Christian journalists in the state.
During the distribution of the foodstuff to some journalists held on Friday at Nagwamatse House Kaduna, Pastor Buru explained that both Muslims and Christians are fasting at this season and hence the need to strengthen them with foodstuff in promoting peace building through stories related to peace journalism in the country.
He said, “it’s really a thing for joy that both the Ramadan and Lenten season has joined Muslims and Christians to use the holy months in praying and fasting for peace and unity in the country.”
According to him, journalists are like other humans on earth, they need support, care, love and that is why they brought them the grains to encourage them to have food throughout the month.
He added that, Christians are also doing their lent at this season, which is going to last for 40 days, while Muslims are doing their Ramadan fasting that would last for 30 days.
“Fasting and praying has joined us to be more committed towards using the season, seeking for God’s forgiveness and guidance.
“Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and compassion towards others and we pray that this month may be a time of peace and joy within your community.
“As we enter this holy month, we recognise this is also a time to reflect on our collective responsibility towards creating a better world for all.
“This year, we encourage you to practice patience, kindness, and generosity towards those around us and focus on celebrating peace, people, and the planet.
“Let us strive to make positive impact in our communities and stand in solidarity with our global communities of faith and harmony irrespective of our tribe, culture, religion, race or region for peace and stability in the country.
“Together, we can make a difference and provide hope for a brighter future.of Nigeria. We must remember that we are one family under God. We all worship one God. We both have holy scriptures Bible and the Quran, We all believe in paradise and hell,” he stressed.
While responding, on behalf of the journalists that received the gift Mohammed Sabiu and Andrew Mshelia expressed satisfaction and called on wealthy individuals to always help the needy during seasons like this.
“This year Ramadan comes amidst high cost of living, due to scarcity of Naira notes across the country.
“We appeal to the government to create opportunity for massive employment to reduce idleness and laziness among youth across the country,” they said.