In the spirit of oneness and religious tolerance, some Christians joined Muslims to clear grass at a mosque used for Eid praying during the Sallah celebration in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The team leader of the Christian volunteers, Daniel Bitrus, said they did it to promote tolerance and religious harmony.
Bitrus said the exercise lasted for two days and was used to clear grass and get rid of trash around the mosque‘s premises.
He said, “We came here to support our brothers towards cutting down the grass and to also clear the dirt in the mosque and its surrounding, with the aim of promoting peace and unity.”
“The exercise, which lasted for two days (Saturday and Sunday), enabled many Christians and Muslims to dialogue, exchange hands of friendship and talk on better ways to promote religious tolerance and better understanding among the adherents of the two religions.
“We hope to continue doing this every year to promote religious tolerance in the area.”
Reacting to the gesture, Secretary, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Kachia Local Government Chapter, Mallam Ibrahim Tasiu, disclosed that the Christian youths got to the Eid ground for the exercise before Muslims arrived.
Ibrahim noted that it is the first of its kind in the history of that part of Southern Kaduna, which has experienced an ethno-religious crisis.
He called on Muslims and Christians to live in peace and harmony.