The Governor Lalong of Plateau State has hosted a Muslim community in Plateau State for Iftar during the fasting month of Ramadan.
The reception held at the Banquet Hall of the new Government House, Little Rayfield Jos was attended by Islamic scholars and their Christian counterparts, which sparked a flurry of surprises.
Lalong said the breaking of fast highlighted growing dialogue between the people of Plateau State.
“This evening, we have come together in all religions to show that, although Ramadan is a Muslim month, other religions are also united and hope for the best because of our heritage in the Ibrahim faith. After all, we are all created by God. Recently, we Christians celebrated Easter to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He said
“During this festival, various Christians visit their Muslim brothers and sisters, and celebrate together to show their love for God and the unity of mankind,” he added
“We believe this will happen as the Muslim community completes its fasting month of Ramadan and celebrates,” he said. “Religions, Christians, and Muslims, especially in Plateau, are breaking fast together, this is the so-called unity”.
Governor Lalong reiterated that his government has endowed funds heavily in restoring peace and security in Plateau State by addressing religious issues, and extremist sermons by leaders and followers of both religions. Through the Peace Building Commission and the Religious Council.
“We must all teach ourselves to fear God, to be faithful to our faith, to respect one another, and to protect humanity from the dangers of evil. We should take care of others, especially those who have different beliefs. Since we are all created by God, let no one who claims to love God hate or harm his neighbor, ” he said
In his remarks, Emir of Kanam Alhaji Muhammadu Babangida Muazu commended Governor Lalong for sustaining his peace initiatives which have continued to give Plateau a new perception and acceptance among Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike.
He appealed to the Governor to continue to build the structures for lasting peace, particularly by installing traditional rulers whose stools are vacant, especially within the central zone. This he said will make it easy for Government to be proactive in dealing with any threat to peace.
The member representing Pankshin, Kanke, Kanam Federal Constituency Yusuf Gagdi called for more support for the Governor from the religious and community leaders as well as all citizens to enable him to carry on with his pursuit of peace and harmony.
Gaudi said such support is necessary to deny merchants of crises the ability to foment trouble using religion.
National Secretary of JNI Dr. Khalid said the Muslim Ummah on the Plateau are delighted with the consolidation of achievements for a united, prosperous and peaceful Plateau State that accommodates all law-abiding citizens irrespective of their backgrounds under the leadership of Governor Lalong.
In his remarks, the Chairman, of the Christian Association of Nigeria Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo praised the event describing it as a mark of brotherly love which is within the teachings of the Bible and the Quran.