By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA — Dozens of Muslim youths and members of the youth wing of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna State Chapter come together to forge way for peace during a ceremony at the CAN headquarters in the state.
Leaders of the two groups roundly condemned the weekend suicide bombing and reprisal attack in Jos that claimed many lives.
Chairman of CAN, Youth Wing, KaDiji Haruna said: “Hosting of our Muslim brothers is a great lesson for Nigerians and our political leaders to emulate, considering the suspicion and frequent ethno-religious unrest that have be-devilled the country.
“I hope that, the gesture will bring back the lost glory and the spirit of togetherness that was in existence before some selfish groups and individuals tore us apart.
“Our quest to bring back the true spirit of togetherness, has given birth to an association that will foster unity between Muslim and Christian faithful to continue to live peacefully as one entity who worship the same God.
“The aim of today’s gathering is to host our Muslim brothers to break lenten fast with us as has been the practice many years back.
“Love is the key and even when you are down, you will still need it to prosper. The more you plan for progress, definitely, the more some obstacles will come your way, but we believe we will conquer those evils that divide us.”
Leader of the visiting Muslim group and National President of the African Youths for Conflict Resolution, Dr. Suleiman Shinkafi in his remarks, said: “Both Muslim and Christian youths should not allow any group or individual hiding under any disguise to continue to divide us along ethnic or religious lines to achieve some selfish goals.
“I urge us all to respect each other’s religion and to stop the incessant killings and bombings or any act of terrorism against each other through whatever name that both Christians and Muslims preach against.”
The Muslim youths were served food by the youth wing of CAN during a ceremony at the CAN headquarters in the state.
The Christian youths also provided the Muslims with a make-shift mosque to say their Magrib (evening) prayers in the premises of the CAN.