The General Overseer of the Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention church, Pastor Yohanna Buru, distributed Sallah clothes, food items and Cash gifts to Muslim orphans and widows for the Eid-el-Fitr festivities.
Buru said the church supports about 50 orphans to celebrate the Sallah with joy and happiness like other children.
According to him, this is not the first time the church is sowing new clothes and giving out foodstuffs to the orphans and widows.
“We are doing this to promote religious tolerance and foster peaceful coexistence among different faith-based organisations in the country.
“It is aimed at strengthening the relationship between Christians and Muslims in the country and to promote peace, unity, and forgiveness among the adherence of the two religions.
The cleric also felicitated Muslims all over the world for the successful completion of the 30-day fasting and prayers.
He said the church cannot forget the annual contribution of a Muslim woman, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, for remembering the church widows and orphans with foodstuffs and gifts at Christmas to pastors and other people.
According to him, for the past years, Ramatu Tijjani has been sharing Christmas foodstuffs and other gifts with church members.
Buru said that they would share more clothes with the poor orphans so that they could celebrate this Sallah with joy like every other child.
On the other hand, this year’s Sallah celebration comes amidst an increase in foodstuff prices in the markets and the general insecurity challenges bedevilling the country.
He urged Muslim and Christian clerics to intensify prayers for peace and stability in the country.
He congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, Sheik Zazzaky Yakub Elzazzaky, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi, Sheik Hamza Lawal, and Sheik Dr Ahmed Mahmud Gumi and other top Islamic scholars for the completion of the Ramadan fasting.
Buru said that they are going to extend friendship visits during the Sallah holidays to their Muslim counterparts in order to boost the Christian/Muslim relationships in the country.
Responding, one of the orphans who received the donations thanked Pastor Buru for remembering them.
He said that last year, it was the same pastor who gave him new Sallah clothes, food and little money for Sallah celebrations.
He called on governments to always remember the orphans, widows and children and the internally displaced persons. (NAN)