At a meeting organised for Christian and Muslim youths from Jaba, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a recently, the Project Director, Plateau State Peace building Agency, Mr. Godwin Okeke, said, “For peaceful coexistence to reign in Southern Kaduna or any other part of Nigeria, Christians and Muslim must be sincere to the practice of their religions.”
Speaking further at the peace parley organised by the Gideon and Funmi Para-Mallam Peace Foundation on inter-religious harmony for peaceful coexistence in Southern Kaduna, Okeke tasked Christians and Muslims to be faithful in the practice of their religions and respect one another, stressing that the lack of honesty and hypocrisy in religious practice will continue to breed problems for the region.
“In the absence of being honest in our practices of religion, we will continue to have problems with one another and continue to fight for issues that ordinarily we can resolve to leave in peace with one another without any problem.”
Okoko recalled that people of old lived in peace with one another without problems because they were honest with each other and did not allow anyone to interfere with their activities but said things the way they are.
Earlier, Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, explained that the meetings of both Christians and Muslims have helped a lot in finding ways to maintain peaceful coexistence in society.
He noted that the present meeting of youth from both the Christian and Muslim faith from the four local government areas of Jaba, Kajuru, Zangon Kataf and Jema’a is meant to bring the youth together with a view of getting a better understanding of one another and ensure peaceful coexistence in the area.
He assured that the foundation would continue in the fight towards ensuring a better coexistence of the various ethnic groups in Southern Kaduna.
The Chief Imam of Kafanchan, Sheikh Mohammed Kassim, enjoined all Christians and Muslims in Southern Kaduna to strive to respect one another for peace to reign.
The Provost, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Professor Sunday B. A Giang called on the people of Southern Kaduna to always learn to accommodate one another.