Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 January 2013

Nigeria: Bwari Council Boss Harps On Religious Harmony

Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr. Peter Yohanna Ushafa, Monday called on religious leaders in the area to continue to pray for peaceful co-existence among the people.

The chairman made the call when he received the leadership of Muslim and Christian groups at the council's secretariat.

He said even development can only take place in a peaceful atmosphere and called for understanding as well as tolerance among residents.

The chairman thanked the religious leaders for their support for his administration.

"Let me also thank the various security agents for their vigilance and efforts at promoting a peaceful atmosphere in the council," he said.

He urged the people of the area to continue to be prayerful, adding that the New Year will be a promising one for them.

Reacting, the Imam of Kubwa PW mosque, Imam Abdulrahim Yahaya and Bishop Bonet Zaka of the Solid Rock Ministries, Kubwa harped on the need for members of the two religions to regard themselves as one and work for peace in their various communities.

The Muslim community was led by Imam Shehu Ibrahim of Oando Mosque along Northern Express Way and Bwari Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Amos Knatubwa of All Souls For Christ Chapel.

In another development, Bwari council Chairman, Peter Yohanna Ushafa, has expressed gratitude to the Peoples Democratic Party in the area for giving him the opportunity to carry the party's flag in the forthcoming council polls.

The chairman, in a statement, assured the people of the area that he will not let them down if his mandate is renewed at the polls.

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