30 January 2010

Nigeria: Representative Promotes Christian, Moslem Relationship

Abuja — A federal lawmaker in the House of Representatives, James Bitachi, representing Bosso/Paikoro federal constituency of Niger State has constructed a mosque for the people of his constituency.

Hon. Bitachi, though a Christian by religion, said the brain behind the newly constructed mosque is to foster peaceful co-existence among all religions. He said that during his electioneering campaign, the people of Kato district of Paikoro local government area of the state demanded for a befitting Jumat Mosque which he assued them of giving priority to, if eventually he emerged victorious at the poll.

According him "the people of Kani village overwhelmingly gave me their votes which was over 600 with 19 opposing parties. I thank God that I've been able to fulfill my promise to them."

He equally revealed that besides the over N3 million mosque, which is aimed at fostering cordial and harmonious relationship between religious divide, he has constructed about 100 boreholes, numerous classrooms for students, renovation of churches in addition to micro-credit schemes for widows and artisans.

On the state of the nation, Hon. Bitachi called for patience and maturity among Nigerians.

According to him, "we should be patient. Anybody can be sick at any time, so I am appealing to Nigerians that we should pray for the quick recovery of President Yar'Adua and leave everything in the hands of the Almighty God."

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