The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) have rejoiced with Nigerian Muslims over the successful completion of Ramadan, which involved purification through fasting and seeking for blessings and forgiveness from God.
This is contained in separate statements by the CAN President Dr. Samson Ayokunle and the National Chairman of the DPC, Rev. Olusegun Peters.
The CAN President Ayokunle, in a statement by his spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, expresses determination and commitment to collaborate with the leadership of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, to promote peaceful co-existence among adherents of the nation’s two major religions and work towards unity, peace and progress of the country.
“The Ramadan is also a relevant period for the Muslim Ummah as it gives opportunity to the faithful to purify their souls in a bid to bring them closer to the Almighty God. After a successful completion of this obligation that is among the five pillars of Islam, we congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters on successfully completing this all-important religious act.
“In celebrating the end of the Ramadan, CAN is hopeful that our political leaders at all levels will cease all discriminatory practices on the basis of religious, political or ethnic differences. Since Christianity and Islam preach unity, we pray that the Federal Government, through security agencies, will find means of resolving rampant killings by Boko Haram terrorists, criminal herdsmen and bandits. Christians all over Nigerians congratulate all Nigerian Muslims, among others, and wish them a happy Eid-el-Fitr,” Ayokunle said.
In his felicitation, the National Chairman of the DPC, Rev. Olusegun Peters, said the month of Ramadan was indeed a period of sober reflection, rededication and renewal of faith in Allah and the fatherland.
“DPC enjoins the Muslim faithful to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-el Fitr celebrations to pray for peace, progress and unity of the nation,” Peters said.