The general overseer of Christ Evangelical and life intervention Ministry in Kaduna State, Yohanna Buru, on Monday, organized an interfaith Ramadan breakfast with Muslim faithful in the state.
The Pastor, in a communiqué he personally signed on Monday, said the gesture was aimed at strengthening peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance among different faiths in the state.
Mr Buru recalled that during the last Lenten season of fasting and prayers, Muslims joined them in breaking the lent, saying that such act boosted good relationship between Muslims and Christians in the state.
“We came to felicitate with you for the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan and to urge you to redouble efforts and dedicate more time in prayers to heal the world against Covid-19.
“The visitation was also aimed at encouraging Christian-Muslim relationship in the state, to further strengthen peaceful co-existence and ties, religious tolerance, forgiveness among Nigerians, and also to spread the message of Peace, unity and to shun all forms of ethno-religious ,political and regional differences.
“Iftar gives us opportunity to promote interfaith activities and spread the message of peace and better understanding, so as to live in peace and harmony with all mankind,” Mr Buru noted.
The Pastor further disclosed that Christian leaders every year go to prison and bail-out some Muslim brothers, “so they can do their fasting at home with friends and family like every other person, and also attend Tafsir to learn together”.
“We usually join top Islamic leaders, including visiting Sultan of Sokoto in breaking fast to boost religion tolerance among citizens,” the pastor added.
In his remarks, Sardaunan Matasan Arewa, Mohammed Ibrahim-Gashash, said, “it’s a great privilege for his Christian friends that visited him to strengthen better understanding and religious tolerance”.
While calling on marketers to cut-down the prices of goods and services, Mr Ibrahim-Gashash, drew the attention of wealthy individuals to help the less privileged during the fasting season.
He, therefore, urged the general public to abide by the directives laid down by the Nigerian government and health agencies in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the country.