Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 January 2012

Nigeria: Muslim Group Takes Peace Campaign to Churches in Kano

Kano — A Kano-based Muslim group under the auspices of Concerned Citizens of Kano State has taken peace campaign to various churches in the state in a move to bridge the gap that has threatened the peaceful coexistence of both faiths.

The coordinator of the group Engr. Bashir Is'haq Bashir said the move was to emphasize unity and peace between the two faiths and to urge the Christian faithful to disregard rumours as Muslims in the state are solidly with them.

"It is indeed known to all that Christians have wronged Muslims in Nigeria and also Muslims have wronged Christians, but this is not a time to apportion blames. This is a time for reconciliation and forgiveness; a time for us to join hands together for our common good in fighting our common enemies."

He explained that the move is in conformity with solidarity and also to show to every Christian in the state that the Muslims wish them no harm as Islam has categorically decreed to all Muslims to live in peace with them.

Engr. Bashir also quoted verses from the Holy Qur'an where Islam recognizes the piousness of Jesus Christ, reaffirming that every good Muslim should believe in Jesus Christ and also regard himself as a guiding angel of every Christian.

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bishop Ransom Bello who was in the company of the delegation that accompanied the group to all the churches visited, stated that the move made by the group was indeed a very good one taking into consideration the present situation in the country. He urged all the Christian faithful to convey the message to others that were not opportune to be part of the congregation.

The churches visited by the group were: Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral Church, ECWA Hausa section, Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity, the Holy Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church and Calvary Life Assembly.

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