A Muslim woman in Kaduna on Sunday donated 50 Bibles written in Hausa language to a church leader and his members.
This she says was done to strenghten religious tolerance and mutual understanding as the world marks International Interfaith Harmony Week by the United Nations.
Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani who arrived the Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry Sabon-Tasha, Kaduna at 9:30am with her son, Abdullahakim, to attend Sunday church service with Christians, explained that there is the need to start the World Interfaith Harmony Week holding between 1 and 7 February by donating important gift such as Bibles to Christians.
She also said the importance of sharing Bibles to Christians is to boost mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue as well as spread the culture of peace and harmony in a way to immensely promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith and belief.
According to her, the Interfaith Harmony Week was established to celebrate the principles of tolerance and respect for others that are deeply rooted in the world’s major religions, adding,
“that is why United Nations declared and dedicated the first week of this month to promote all activities that encourage and enhance religious activities and tolerance.
“Christians are my brothers and sisters and as a Muslim I love visiting them, because both religions preach peace and tolerance. Attending the church service doesn’t make me become a Christian. As a Muslim I have several Bibles at home and I read them.
We all are from Adam and Eve and because both Muslims and Christians have their books and scriptures that guide them, we should rely on the scriptures.”
Hajiya Tijjani, who pointed out that the impact of the previous ethno-religious and political crises in the state that claimed hundreds of lives and properties was a serious setback to peaceful co-existence in Kaduna, urged clerics from both religions to preach sermons that foster unity and peaceful co-existence.
Receiving the Bibles, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru, thanked Hajiya Tijjani for the gesture and urged other Nigerians to learn how to tolerate, accommodate and live in peace with one another irrespective of religious background.