By Iliya Kure
Ahead of the 2022 Ramadan fast, a Church in Nigeria, The Church of Christ Evangelical Intercessory and Life Intervention Ministry, Kaduna, has commenced distribution of grains and praying items to over 500 Muslims to enable them participate in the exercise.
This has been observed annually as part of the Church’s strategy to promote peace, unity, tolerance, love and better understanding among people of different faith in northern Nigeria.
“This is the 6th year the Church is sharing bags of grains and other foodstuff to large number of street beggars, internally displaced person, children in orphanages and poor Muslims in the community.” The General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Yohanna Buru, when he led his congregation to the popular Kano Road Mosque in Kaduna on Friday, to present the items for onward distribution to needy Muslims, among them, the blind, the cripple, the widows and the orphans, among others.
Pastor Buru said the purpose was to support beneficiaries with foodstuff to enable them participate in the 30-day Ramadan fasting.
“We do this every year to our Muslim brothers in Kaduna and some part of the northern region with the aim of strengthening our relationship, boosting peaceful co-existence, better understanding and religious tolerance among different faiths base organizations, so as to live in peace and harmony with every one irrespective of his tribe, culture, ethnic, race, colour and region.”
“It is also our joy to see that they used the 30 days of the holy Ramadan to pray to almighty God toward bringing an end to the daily rising insecurity challenges bedevilling peace, stability in the entire 19 northern states”
Buru who said all hands must be on deck to address challenges faced by Nigeria added that, “we must remember that we are one family under God, worshipping one God, and we are from the family of Adam and Eve, therefore we must join hands to support each other in whatever condition.
“Our target this year is to reach out to over 500 if we can, and that is why we are calling on other wealthy individuals across the state to support the poor”
While congratulating Muslims on the arrival of the 2022 month of Ramadan, he urged Imams and Ulamas to intensify prayers for peace and unity of the country.
Responding while accepting the items, Mallam Sama’ila, leader of persons with disabilities in Doka District of Kaduna, expressed joy with the gesture, noting that the Church has continued to cater for them.
While calling on government to end banditry attack in all the communities, Malam Samaila enjoined wealthy individuals to always remember them.