By Ibrahima Yakubu
Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, a Muslim woman, on Tuesday had donated wrappers to Christian widows and some internally displace persons that are residing at Kujama –Chikum local Government Area of Kaduna State for Christmas celebration and new year. This was part of her efforts to boost peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and better understanding among different faith base organizations in the country. She made the donations at the house of General Overseer of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry Church , Sabon Tasha, Kaduna State, Pastor Yohanna Buru.
She said , This year Christmas and new year celebration came amidst Coronavirus pandemic and economic recession, adding that it would be very difficult for the widows and other women that were affected with ethno-religious, political crisis to celebrate it in a happy mood, and hence the need to help the needy at this moment. According to her, more wrappers would also be shared to other churches in Kaduna and other neighbouring states. Hajiya Tijjani disclosed that her aim of doing the distribution was to help the widows and the internally displaced women celebrate the season with joy and happiness like every other Christians across the world. It was also her intention to use the gesture to strengthen the Christian-Muslim relationship and peaceful co-existence among different faith organizations in the country.
”We must join hands in order to shun all forms of ethno-religious, political crisis bedeviling peace and stability in the northern part of Nigeria,”.She said, every year, she would visit some churches and search for the widows in order to donate new wrappers to them so as to see them in happiness.
Hajiya Tijjani-Peace Ambassador from Northern Nigeria said her gesture was to reduce the hardship many widows faced in the communities during a season like this, and to make them happy. Tijjani said she was targeting over 100 poor Christian widows including the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various camps.
”I enjoy helping widows and elderly persons and their families at all times and it is my hope to see other people emulate me in helping the poor and other needy persons as season like this approaches,” said the peace mediator, adding that peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians was the foundation for sustainable development and that would move the country ahead.
She stressed the importance of tolerance among different faith and called on the Federal Government to create an Institute of Comparatives Studies in the country to promote inter religious dialogue, and urged marketers to cut down prices of food stuffs,while thanking Federal Government for the effort to open land borders.
.While calling on wealthy Christians across Nigeria to always remembered to share food during the celebration, she noted that many Christian widows and refugees are in need of assistance especially for their orphanage children.
“There are many refugees at kujama and Gonin-Gora and other places which are in need of food and clothes on season like this. There is a blessing in helping the widows on a season like this”\
Tijjani appealed to Christians all over the world to pray for Nigeria to bring an end to the continuous killing, kidnapping, banditry and unnecessary kidnapped of students.
Responding Pastor Yohanna Buru, expressed satisfaction with Tijjani’s gesture and called on wealthy individuals, corporate bodies, government, NGOs and CSO to emulate her. Buru said last 3 years, the philanthropist distributed foodstuff to the widows of his church for the Christmas and the lenten season.