12 February 2013

Nigeria: Yero Promises to Unite Muslims, Christians

Kaduna — Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero, yesterday described the segregated settlements along religious faults in Kaduna metropolis as unhealthy, saying his administration would do everything to reverse such divisive tendency.

The persistent religious crises that rocked the city in the past had sharply divided residential settlements in Kaduna metropolis and other cities in the state along religious faults .

For instance in Kaduna metropolis, Christians who are more populated in the southern part of the city prefer to rent and build houses there while Muslims who are predominant in the northern part of the city prefer to rent or build houses there.

But Yero, who was speaking when leaders of the Interfaith and Mediation group paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Kaduna, said it was very unfortunate that the city is divided along religious line.

He added that such attitude will not bring about unity and harmony among the people to work together for the development of the state.

The governor assured them that his administration would strive to reverse the ugly trend in order to return the state to the era when Muslims and Christians live in the same community peacefully.

"The metropolis is divided along the river Kaduna Bridge with residents always cautious when crossing to the other side which is not healthy" he noted, stressing that the government would, through legal means, utilise religious and group leaders to ensure people of different faiths live peacefully among each order.

"All of us are serving the same God and we have to try as much as possible to serve God in a peaceful manner in a way that we would respect each other, understand each other and tolerate each other, because God has created mankind in different race and tribes, not for them to fight each other but to understand each other and serve Him properly," the governor said.

He commended the interfaith group for preaching the gospel of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among Christians and Muslims in Kaduna state and urged them to continue with the good works.

Speaking earlier, the team leader of the group, Pastor James Wuye, disclosed that his group has received grants from its foreign partners to train leaders at various levels in the north on religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.

He added that the training would go a long way in ensuring political stability and development in the northern part as well as reduce lawlessness and extremism and increase the capacity of governance structure to defend religious freedom.

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