The Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation, in Kaduna says it is planning to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas with over 5,000 Muslim families to improve on the existing relationship amongst them.
Speaking in an interview in Kaduna, the Founder, Pastor Yohanna Buru said, such celebrations build mutual understanding, as it gives both religions the opportunity to discuss their differences and dialogue a way forward.
He mentioned that the guest expected to grace the Christmas celebration are not only Kaduna based, but from Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Bauchi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, jigawa and Taraba States, as well as the FCT, Abuja.
The Founder said the gathering would be a combination of all Muslim sects, and that what matters most was the discussions to be held especially those about bringing sustained peace across Northern Nigeria.
“As a Christian Cleric, am very much interested in the promotion of peace and improving the understanding between both religions. I grew up in a society where both faithfuls enjoyed a cordial relationship but today in Kaduna, we all live apart in the fear of being harmed by our own selves, this is really sad,” he said.
According to Buru, if there was any body the Christians trusted to live together with, it was the Muslims and vice versa. Saying, in his family, it is a combination of both faiths as some of his siblings are Muslims.
Activities of The Foundatiion
Speaking on the activities carried out by the Foundation, Buru said, they are into peace resolutions and they also make donations to victims of conflicts especially women, children and the vulnerable.
“We also visit ophanages, traditional rulers, Churches and Muslim communities to encourage them on the need to live in peace and ensure its sustenance,” Buru said.
The Pastor said the Foundation also engage in the protection of women and children particularly those widows whose inheritance are being hijacked by in-laws. “Such acts cause disaffection which results to conflicts in some instances.”