The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, has felicitated with Christians in the country on the occasion of 2018 Christmas and New Year celebration.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, the council also prayed that the country overcome her current challenges and grant her peaceful, successful, fair and credible elections in the coming months.
The statements reads: “The Nigerian Muslim ummah, under the leadership of the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, CFR, mni, felicitates with our Christian compatriots on the occasion of 2018 Christmas.
“As you celebrate this important milestone of high spiritual import, the Muslim community wishes you God’s guidance and abundant blessings embedded in the festive season.
“The occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Jesus (PBUH) provides us another opportunity of thank God for His blessings to us as a nation and to renew our prayers for the restoration of peace and security to all parts of our dear country.
“Prophet Isa (PBUH) or Jesus is one of the top-ranking Prophets of God that all Muslims venerate. In fact, the Quran mentions his name more than 25 times (i.e. Q. 2:87; 2:136; 2:253; 3:45; 3:52; 3:55; 3:59; 3:84; 4:157; 4:163; 4:171; 5:46; 5:78; 5:112; 5:114; 5:116; 6:85; 19:34; 33:7; 42:13; 43:57; 43:61; 43:63; 57:27; 61:6 and 61:14). Though his personality or divinity may be viewed differently by the teeming adherents of Christianity and Islam, the fact remains that in Jesus Christ, all of us, Christians and Muslims alike, have a role model, an exemplar and a symbol of our commonality as a people of faith.
“As millions of Christians in our country mark the birth of Jesus (PBUH), we pray that the occasion engenders a new beginning of faithfulness, sincerity, righteousness, love, forgiveness and other virtues that he represents in our country. We indeed urge all Nigerians to emulate him and other true Prophets of God.
…reflect on humility, tolerance of Jesus, Ndigbo Muslims charge Christians
Also, Ndigbo Muslims of Nigeria have congratulated their Christians in the country especially in the Southeast geopolitical zone on Christmas and New year celebration.
The apex Ndigbo Muslim group, South Eastern Muslims Organization of Nigeria (SEMON) in a press statement issued recently, said it was heart-warming to rejoice with the Igbo Christians who revere the occasion as an integral part of their belief.
The statement which was signed by the National chairman and National Secretary, Muhammad O. Ajah Jr. and Abdurrahman Nwabueze Urama respectively, SEMON charged Ndigbo Christians to use the great festival period to reflect on the humility, progressiveness and tolerance of Jesus Christ who preached peace, humanity and Godliness throughout his life.
SEMON urged the Igbo nation to come together, tolerate one another and push forward without discrimination on any bases in order to tally with the actual teachings of Jesus Christ.
The group also congratulated the governors of Abia state, Chief Okezie Ikpeazu, Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano, Ebonyi state, Engr. Dave Umahi, Enugu state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okorocha, reminding them of the divine hand in the success they have recorded for their respective states in the past three and half years of their leaderships.