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Cardinal Onaiyekan donates meals to Abuja Muslims for Ramadan

The former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop John Onaiyekan, has given Iftar (evening meal) to some Muslims who observed the end of Thursday’s Ramadan fasting.

The clergyman showed the gesture at the Al-Habibiyah Mosque in Guzape, Abuja where over 2,000 Muslims gathered to break their fast.

Speaking at the event, he said: “We are doing our best to spread an attitude of openness because we believe that God does not want his children to kill each other. He wants us to live in peace. So anything we can do to promote peace, we must do.”

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The Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, Fuad Adeyemi, also spoke, saying, “People see that the food we eat was given to us by Christian clergy, a cardinal that everyone knows.

“This is not an underground clergy. It shows that we can really live together, that we can be friends, and that we can live in peace.”

Present at the event is the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong and Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mohammed Buba Marwa.

“Here today we have many Muslims and Christians breaking fast together, we must encourage this kind of religious harmony,” Lalong said.

“Our prayer is that God will use this union to answer our prayer so that there will be peace in Nigeria and all over the world.”

(Punch)

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