Posted by News Express | 26 December 2014 | 4,748 times
Christians and Muslims in Kaduna yesterday seized the opportunity of Christmas celebration to worship together in a church as part of efforts to maintain and sustain peaceful co-existence irrespective of religious and ethnic differences.
Pastor Yohanna Buru, Head of Christ Evangelical Church, invited members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Kaduna zone, to celebrate the Christmas with members of his church.
Responding on behalf of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Dr. Shu’aibu Musa extended a goodwill message from the Leader of the movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky to the Christian faithful at Christmas, and called for more collaboration to rid the society of religious extremism.
Both Muslims and Christians, he said, were equally oppressed and therefore had a common enemy. He called for closer ties to salvage the society.
However, in his sermon, Pastor Buru said: “Every man and every society expect a saviour at the end of time. Both Muslims and Christians have always been waiting for saviours in the names of Imam Mahdi (AF) and Jesus Christ respectively.”
The presence of Muslims in his church on Christmas Day, he said, should not be out of place, explaining that it was to celebrate and anticipate the re-emergence of the awaited saviours both religions professed. “We call you here not as guests, but as brothers and neighbours,” he stated.
Highlights of the occasion were special song by Malam Rabi’u Tudun Iya on peaceful co-existence, songs of praise and feast.
•Text excerpted from a Daily Sun report. Photo shows Sheikh Zakzaky, who was represented at the Christmas Church Service.
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