Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State, yesterday donated various food stuffs to host Muslim community where the church is situated.
This was also as a Muslim society popularly known as Nasrul-lahi-l-Fatih Society, NASFAT, also donated food stuffs and clothing worth N500,000 to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
Speaking during the donation of the items, the ECWA senior pastor, Reverend Yunusa Nmadu Jnr said the essence of the gesture was to further foster religious coexistence and a way of assisting the needy within the community in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan.
Items donated to the beneficiaries included rice, beans, maize, noodles, millet among others.
According to Reverend Nmadu, “The gesture by the church to provide food items to members of the host community during Ramadan is to demonstrate the Biblical injunction that we should love our neighbours as ourselves.”
Speaking further, he said that it was important for the church to positively impart the lives of the people of the community, “otherwise the church has no business to be there.
“We know that there are people in the community that require help in this month of Ramadan, which is why we have brought out quite a number of them to be given the food items. Apart from that, we have also embarked on this to show the world that peace is possible and that we are all peacemakers by demonstrating it in practical terms,” he said.
Nmadu also commended the reformation in the community, saying that “Tudun-Wada/Tudun-Nupawa which used to be in the news for the wrong reasons has since begun on a new slate devoid of violence.
“Even though this community used to be a crisis-prone community, there has been a tremendous improvement over the years due to concerted efforts at guidance, counselling and proper leadership provided by the leaders and village heads.
“For instance, the attitude of the youths of this community in the June 17, 2012, violence that rocked Kaduna was pleasantly amazing. For the first time ever in the history of conflicts in Kaduna, this church was not touched, not because we brought soldiers to protect it, but because our Muslim brothers on their own slept in the church to protect people from burning it,” he noted.
“I urge other community to emulate this because peace is possible in our state. And in order to deepen the understanding, we are now talking with the leadership of Panteka and the traditional rulers of the community to inculcate the habit of continuous and constructive dialogue with the youths in order to guide them on the right path always,” the Reverend said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Sarkin Dutse, Alhaji Shaibu Balarebe commended the magnanimity of the ECWA Church to his people during the Ramadan fast for the past two years, also disclosing that he inherited the protection of the church from his late father.
He said he would not relent in protecting all within his domain, even though he said sin was responsible for the insecurity in the country and urged all and sundry to turn to God in true repentance.
‎Most of the recipients of the food items who could not hide their joy thanked the church for the gesture.
In the same vein, chairman of NASFAT, Kaduna chapter, Engineer Muhideen Alimi Yusuf while donating items to the displaced persons at Danhono 1, New Millennium City Layout area of the state, said it carried out the programme to improve the standard of living of the IDPs.
“We got a hint about the poor and deplorable condition of living in this community; and our coming here today confirms that it is true; the situation is very bad.
“We urge government and associations to come to the aid of this community. They really need a lot of help.
“What we brought today is a token; the community needs much more than that. So we call on well to do persons to come to the aid of the Internally Displaced Persons scattered around the state.”
Chairman of the IDPs in the area, Malam Dahiru Saidu Mubi while receiving the items said the camp had over 2,000 IDPs and complained bitterly about the deplorable condition where they have no shelter or food to eat.
He said the gesture was first of its kind to the IDPs in the area as he called on well to do individuals in the society to emulate the kind gesture of NASFAT.
Earlier, the missioner of NASFAT, Imam Maroof Muh’d Raji described the situation which led to their displacement as a “test” while calling on the well to do in the society to come to the aid of the persons to earn Allah’s bounty reward.
“Share what you have with the needy for you to get the reward of Allah. We need to help the needy and the needy needs to help themselves too. They should be patient and live peacefully with people in the community,” Raji stated.
Items distributed included food stuffs, beverages, clothing and shoes among others.

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