In search of religious and peaceful coexistence, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai, Senators Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and Ahmed Mukhtar Aruwan led other Muslim leaders yesterday to attend the Sunday service of the ECWA Gospel Church, Lemu Road, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna State.
Their presence at the service was at the instance of the church, which invited them to fellowship with the worshippers.
It was part of the church efforts at strengthening religious harmony and peaceful coexistence among people of different faith.
Governor El-Rufai was in his sent in his goodwill message read by his representative, Mr. Iliya Kudan who is the Director of Religious Affairs (Christian Matters), solicited for prayers and support from the people to move Kduna forward and make the state great again.
Senators Makarfi and ‎Aruwa and other Muslim leaders, who sat throughout the church service, in their separate speeches, commended the ECWA Church leadership at uniting people of different religions and urged others to follow suit.
They also appealed to religious groups and traditional leaders to promote interaction among their followers for peaceful coexistence.
Muslim youths numbering almost hundred also attended the service, where their leaders commended the church for initiating the move
In his address, the Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. Yunusa Nmadu, said ECWA was building on the foundation of peaceful and religious coexistence laid by Senator Makarfi when he was the governor of the state.
Nmadu said: “What we are doing today (yesterday) is to showcase to the world that it is possible for Christians and Muslims to coexist amicably. This is the second time we are calling on our Muslim brothers and friends to fellowship with us and they have always obliged us and we appreciate them for responding whenever we have need to call on them.”
On behalf of the religious and traditional leaders, Alhaji Shaibu Abdullahi Nadabo, the Sarkin Dutse, in whose domain the church is located, harped on the need for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
Meanwhile, in his sermon, Rev Jonathan Emmanuel, charged the congregation to be mindful of how they live on earth, stressing that a day would come when they would give accounts of their actions to God.

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