By Bridget Ikyado
Abuja, May 1,2022
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is rejoicing with Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and the entire Muslims as they celebrate this year Eid-el-Fitr.
A statement by Joseph Daramola, CAN’s General-Secretary said: “CAN congratulates our Muslim brothers and sisters on the end of the Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
“The month during which Muslims around the world fast from dawn to sunset.
“Since the month, among other things, aims to purify the soul and bring the individual closer to God, we urge you all to abide with the teachings and the principles of Ramadan in your daily activities.
“We know that it is those who fight and kill on religious basis that are largely responsible for the unending killings and abductions in the country.
“It is these pseudo-Muslims who are slaughtering fellow human beings and who burn down worship centers and marketplaces, all in the name of God who is peace personified.
“We are praying for their repentance.”
CAN said its leadership would not cease having dialogues on peace and unity with the leadership of NSCIA at the forum provided by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
CAN called on the Federal Government to reconsider the de-radicalising and rehabilitation of the arrested and the surrendered terrorists simply because it seems the programme, considered laudable, is becoming counterproductive.
“Once again, CAN rejoices with our Muslim counterparts and we pray that their prayers and restraints during the month will not be in vain.”