By Ramatu Diallo
A head of This year 2023 world United- nation international interfaith week and harmony which usually start from First week of February every year 1st-7th ,and the essence is to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith ,tribe, culture ,ethnicity ,race, color ,height ,region across the continent,
The 2022 winner of the harmony week ,Pastor Yohanna Buru, the General overseer of Christ evangelical and life intervention ministry sabon tasha kaduna state north western Nigeria has Visited some Muslim scholars in the northern part of nigeria with the aims of praying and fasting through out the week of harmony In order for almighty God to bring an end to the international war between Russian and Ukraine
The Russian /Ukraine wars has crippled the world economy. While stressing that The war in Ukraine has created the fastest displacement crisis in Europe since World War II. The majority of those displaced are women and children, who are always most at risk of exploitation and abuse during crises
The aims of the visit by pastor yohanna to Muslim scholars is towards mobilizing hundred thousands of Muslims and Christians scholars across 36 states of Nigeria to used the interfaith week and harmony to offer special prayers and fasting for World peace and stability across the universe ,
Adding also that, “they want to use this week to pray to almighty God to bring end to the outbreak of Diphtheria disease in Kano State which leads to the death of 25 persons in Kano State, mostly children.
He said, the world needs peace against the rising cases of locally, national and international crisis affecting peace stability across the universe.
According to him, this is also to strengthen the Nigerian military and police , para-military ,civilian JTF and Vigilantes over the activities related insecurity challenges which include: Terrorism ,Arm banditry, Kidnapping ,Arm-robbery , Cattles rustling ETC .
Buru pointed that , the interfaith week provide Golding opportunity for Christians and muslims with other religious and traditional leaders to meet – interact and deliberate on issues related to religious Tolerance, better understanding, peace building and new ways of empowering communities and groups different skills to resist activities related to violent extremism, gansterism ,Cultism and other unlawful act that affect peace stability on the country,
The Christian cleric said, they are going to use Radio, stream, Television, newspapers,bloggers and social media to mobilise more Christians-Muslims scholars to use the week by United Nation with the aims of enlightening different faith base organization on the need to sustained peace,love,unity and forgiveness.
“Our targets is to communicate with 50,000 muslims-50,000 christians through the media to used the week in spreading the message of peace,Love,forgiveness”
The world Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a world-wide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by King Abdullah ll and prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan,
The week also recognizes the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions, and beliefs call for peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding
Buru said, The called has become mandatory in view of the increase crisis which include farmer –herders clashes , ethno-religious political instability that has affected all sector of human endeavors starting from economic setback, education, Tourism,
The one week prayers and fasting would help the country toward tackling most of problems associated ethnicity ,and religious impediment .,
We are taking the Campaign to all places of worships,social gathering,market places, schools,Hotel, Car-park,football view centers, Temples,football stadiums,internally displaced people IDPs, traditional wrestling center and to all media house including the on-line.
“we have sent message to all our friends Muslims and Christians clerics to dedicate more time in praying for the country and world at large”
“We want to call on all clerics to offer special prayers at night and fasting for God to bring an end to the insecurity challenges”
Buru said,,The week provide many opportunities for people across the universes to meet and deliberate on ways to better understand themselves on how to live with one another irrespective of his tribe, religion, ethnicity,color,race country\
The Christians cleric says they are going to take the campaigh to many place while maintaining social distancing to avoid the spread of Corona virus ,
Nigerian been tag as the most religious country in the country in the world, there fore we must submit every thing to the hands of the lord
Stressing that for the fast 11 years his organization has been organizing many event to mark interfaith week and harmony which include using games like football and skating competition between muslims and Christians to foster peace,
Buru says, the church cannot forget the annual visit by Team of Muslims imams during the international interfaith week and harmony which is targeted at promoting peace and unity among good friendship among the adherence of different faith base organization in the country
Sheick Abdulrahman Mohammad Bichi Kano is one of the Muslim scholar that emphasized on the need for Nigerians to embark on ceaseless prayers and fasting toward the success of the general election
While calling on both Religion leaders to equally use the harmony week and pray for God to bring an end to Russia and Ukraine war.
He said, there is need for all religious leaders to be more committed toward sensitizing the public on the importance of this week to the entire people of the world
Adding also that the week is very importance most especially looking at Nigerian situation where there is always religious violence and ethinicity difference
It must be noted that the week promote mutual understanding and inter-religious dialogue
He then called on all faith-base organization, Jama’atul nasril islam JNI , Christians association of Nigeria CAN and peace ambassador ,state and federal Government to used to the 7 days toward sensitizing the general public on the importance tolerating each other for peace stability
While calling on creation of peace clubs for young childrens in schools and communities,he equally appealed for wealthy individuals to be sponsoring friendly matches between muslims and Christians,
“we will take the campaign to mosques and churches including temples to sensitizes the youths on interfaith week.
“we need peace and harmony all over the world ”
He ended by saying, they must joined hands together toward praying to almighty God to bring an end to all local and international crisis affecting world
He thanks network of peace journalists in northern Nigeria working under interfaith mediation center kaduna for the peace promotion across the region