Kaduna's Muslims and Christians worship together at thanksgiving ceremony

Muslims and Christians in Nigeria's Kaduna State had the chance to worship together during a thanksgiving ceremony organized by the Living Faith Foundation Church on June 11.

(REUTERS / Afolabi Sotunde)Islamic students pose for a picture outside their classroom at a Shi'ite school in Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, February 2, 2016.

Addressing the attendees of the thanksgiving ceremony, Barnawa Kaduna District Head Kabiru Zubairu urged the young people to embrace peaceful coexistence to help the country grow. He also said that development cannot push through without peace, The Nation relayed.

Pastor Peter Y. Jiya also spoke to the Christians and Muslims gathered at the thanksgiving celebration. He expressed gratitude for everything that God "has done, the things he is doing and that which he is yet to do." 

"God did not bring us this far to take us back again; he brought us out to take us into our individual promised land," said Pastor Jiya. "Despite the giants and hurdles on our ways in 2016, he brought us out by his mercies, loving-kindness and divine faithfulness; he has preserved us to take us to where he wants us to be in 2017."

Last month, Christians and Muslims in Mando in Kaduna's Sabon-Gari Afaka district celebrated together in a peace festival organized by the Global Peace Foundation and the community's stakeholders. Other people from different tribes and faiths joined the parade, cultural displays, and other activities in the festival, The Daily Trust reported.

Alhaji Aliyu Abdulwahab Umar, the district head of Afaka, spoke during the peace festival and said members of the community have been coexisting peacefully despite their differences. He encouraged them to protect the peace in the area from forces that seek to destroy it.

Daniel Dan-Auta, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Culture, confirmed via a deputy director the government's commitment to cooperate with individuals or groups that will help promote peaceful coexistence in the state. He asked the residents to help them achieve their goal by relaying useful information on any activity that may threaten the peace.