Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Thousands Hold Peaceful Gathering in Zonkwa

Kaduna — Thousands of people yesterday converged on Zonkwa the headquarters of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State where they held a peaceful 16 kilometer trek to mark the Christmas.

In the programme tagged "Celebrate Jesus," the celebrants gathered at a football field in Zonkwa for presentations by local comedians and gospel music artists.

Secretary of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev Sunday Ibrahim said the annual programme had succeeded in reducing social vices in the area. "As you can see, we have thousands of people and you can't just count them all. Something is happening in Zonkwa and in Zangon Kataf LGA despite the attacks and insecurity in the country, we believe in celebrating the man that brought peace and joy to this world, the lord Jesus Christ."

He said the programme is aimed at keeping people away from social vices instead of engaging in acts that would not glorify God. "Many of them could not go to beer parlours, many could not go to mess up their lives and the issue of stealing here and there has reduced drastically. The youths are here, their parents are here, friends from all over the world- London, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kano, Jos, Lagos and other places are here to celebrate Jesus," Rev Sunday said.

Barr Mark Jacob, a former Commissioner for Justice in Kaduna State who is one of the initiators of "Celebrate Jesus" said it was a way of relating closely to the communities as Christmas is one of those occasions that people, irrespective of age, dialect and come together in unity.

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