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Governor Lalong breaks fast with Muslim Ummah, welcomes growing inter-religious dialogue in Plateau – 9News Nigeria


Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has welcomed the Plateau State Muslim Ummah for a break from fasting as part of the fasting period of Ramadan.

The dinner held in the banquet hall of the new government house, Little Rayfield Jos, was attended by Muslim religious leaders and their Christian counterparts. Lalong said the breaking of the fast demonstrates the growing level of inter-religious dialogue among the citizens of Plateau State. He said: “Tonight we are gathered here across religions to demonstrate that although Ramadan is primarily a Muslim holiday, other religions also share solidarity and goodwill because of our common heritage within Abrahamic religions. Moreover, we are all created by God. It is only recently that we Christians have marked Easter to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.

During the celebration, many Christians reached out to Muslim brothers and sisters and celebrated together to demonstrate God’s love and affirm the unity of humanity. We believe the same will apply when the Muslim ummah concludes the fasting of Ramadan and participates in the festivities that make it the event. I am glad that through strong engagement dialogue and interfaith activities, adherents of Christian and Muslim faiths, especially in Plateau State, are closing ranks and returning to the good old days of unity.

Governor Lalong reiterated that his administration has invested so much time and resources in restoring peace and security to Plateau State by addressing the religious preaching of some leaders and followers of both faiths. Thanks to the Peacebuilding Agency and the Interfaith Council, these efforts have reduced the risk of religious crises to a bare minimum.

“We all have a duty to teach our youngest to fear God, be faithful to our beliefs, respect one another, and protect mankind from the dangers of evil.

Let our devotion and reverence for God be evident in the way we treat others, especially those who are of different faiths from our own. Since God is Love, no one who claims to truly love God should hate or harm his neighbour,” he said.

In his remarks, the Emir of Kanam, Alhaji Muhammadu Babagida Mu’azu commended Governor Lalong for supporting his peace initiatives which have continued to give the Plateau a new perception and acceptance among Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike.

He appealed to the Governor to continue building edifices of lasting peace, in particular by installing traditional chiefs whose seats are vacant, especially in the central zone. This, he said, will enable the government to be proactive in dealing with any threat to peace.

Member representing the Federal Constituency of Pankshin, Kanke, Kanam, Yusuf Gagdi called for more support for the Governor from religious and community leaders as well as citizens to enable him to continue his quest for peace and harmony. Gagdi said such support is needed to deprive crisis mongers of the ability to cause trouble using religion. The Secretary of State Government (SGS), Prof. Danladi Abok Atu, said the Governor’s gesture was part of his magnanimity and efforts to build religious harmony and encourage their citizens to respect each other regardless of differences. religious or ethical.

JNI National Secretary Dr. Khalid said the Plateau Muslim Ummah is delighted with the consolidation of achievements for a united, prosperous and peaceful Plateau State that welcomes all law-abiding citizens, regardless of background, under the direction of Governor Lalong.

In his remarks, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Reverend Polycarp Lubo, hailed the event describing it as a mark of brotherly love which is in line with the teaching of the Bible and the Quran.