By Daniel Tyokua
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has felicitated with Muslims over their successful completion of Ramadan.
CAN expressed its commitment to collaborate with the leadership of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to promote peaceful co-existence among adherents of all faith in the country.
In his Ramadan message, CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, said Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and was a significant period, considering the fact that it beckoned on Muslim faithful to eschew self-seeking goals and work assiduously towards developing spiritual growth through demonstration of kindness.
“The Ramadan is also a relevant period for the Muslim Ummah as it gives the opportunity to the faithful to purify their souls in a bid to bring them closer to the Almighty God.”
Rev. Ayokunle, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said that “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.”
He said that CAN was convinced that the spirit of sacrifice which the Ramadan epitomises in the lives of Muslims will be demonstrated in the coming months through collaborating with the non-Muslim faithful in the promotion of peace and harmony in Nigeria’s multi-cultural setting.
“The CAN leadership reiterates its irrevocable commitment to working with the leadership of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in promoting peaceful co-existence and ensuring the emergence of a just Nigerian society where justice and equity will become the bonds of our shared humanity, and where none is discriminated on the basis of their religion or social status.
“Considering the many challenges bedevilling our country, CAN is optimistic that the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) will become more vibrant and effective as to collaborate with the Federal Government in tackling the myriad of ills plaguing our country.
“While appreciating the gesture of the government in resuscitating NIREC after many years of inactivity, CAN looks forward to a more robust interaction for religious harmony,” he said.