A group of Shiites joined Christians at a Christmas Service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State yesterday to mark Christmas, and to present the church with gifts.
Leader of the Shi’ite group, Professor Isah-Hassan Mshelgaru, said the group acknowledged Christmas as a day for festivities, friendliness and unity, and described the visit as a move to strengthen religious harmony and unity between religious groups.
He added that joining Christian faithful as they mark Christmas was meant to renew hope for unity among Muslims, Christians and other religions.
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Professor Mshelgaru, who noted that Islam and Christianity were revered faiths with more than 90 percent of Nigeria’s population as adherents, said as a group, they started visits to churches more than 25 years ago and since then there had been improved understanding between the group and Christians.
The parish priest, Most Reverend Isaac Augustine, commended them for the visit and urged the group for more visits to strengthen religious harmony and unity.