At the Kaduna Stadium on Wednesday, Christian clergy celebrated Eid-el-Maulud with their Muslim colleagues, honoring the Holy Prophet Muhammad’s birth.
Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry General Overseer Pastor Yohanna Buru presided over the gathering of Church leaders.
He explained that the move was made in the hopes of promoting harmony between the country’s Muslim and Christian communities as well as greater religious tolerance and mutual understanding.
Buru stressed that the Maulud festival gave Christians and Muslims a chance to meet one another, talk, and share ideas in the name of fostering national unity and peace in Nigeria.
To promote national unity and peace, Buru and his fellow pastors George John, Maxwell Sanda, Gabriel Stephen, and Rowland Sanda underlined the value of a joint celebration.
The Prophet’s birthday has been celebrated by Muslims and Christian ministers in northern Nigeria for more than a decade, he said.
We are all God’s creation and descended from the same parents, Adam and Eve. The Bible and the Qur’an, both inspired by the same God, teach us how to coexist peacefully and kindly with one another.
At the rally, he spoke about the need of religious and ethnic tolerance, urging attendees to embrace one another and show love and forgiveness in order to help the country go forward.
Buru reportedly expressed concern over the rising murder rate, banditry, kidnappings, and ethno-religious conflicts in Nigeria and called on Nigeria’s Muslim and Christian communities to pray constantly for the country.