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A Muslim leader and Sarkin Yamma, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim has tasked the Federal Government to establish institutions on religious comparative studies to forestall incessant crisis among foloowers of Islam and Christianity in the country. Ibrahim who said this when he paid a visit to Overseer of Christ and Evangelical Intercessory and life Intervention, Pastor Yohana Buru, called on religious leaders across the country to double effort in praying for peace stability of the country.

Corroborating Ibrahim;s view, Pastor Buru in a speech said that the institute if created would also teach forgiveness, reduce blasphemy tendencies and teach harmony between Muslims and Christians in the country. Pastor Buru noted that there are more than 6,000 religions globally, most of which are different from the literate Abrahamic religions such as (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) that many people think of when they hear the word “religion”.

“In order to make statements or generalisations about religion, the concept of religion, rather than a specific religion or group of religions, we need to engage in comparative study of religions so as to reduce ethno-religious attacks and blasphemy,” he added Pastor Buru appealed to other religious leaders to be committed in preaching the world of God, while urging them to equally pray for peace stability of the country The cleric who had earlier led the team of the scholars to the troubled Kasuwar Magani community in Kaduna said that there is need for continuous sensitization of the public, particularly youth on the importance of living in peace and harmony with each other.

The recent Kasuwar Magani unrest in Kajuru local government area claimed 55 lives, according to the police. Pastor Buru said the reason for the peace campaign to Kajuru LGA was to meet and pass on the gospel of peace to Adara, Gbagyi, Hausa and Fulani elders and youth in the area. He called on the youth to contribute in restoring peace because crisis only take their communities backward.

“The aim is to promote peace and unity among the residents and also to raise more awareness on the need to live in peace and harmony with each other. “We came as team of Muslims and Christians clerics to spread the message of peace and unity to all residents in the area including women and children on the importance of peace,” he said. Buru pointed out that both Qur’an and Bible preaches peace and unity, adding that both Islam and Christianity teach their followers how to live in peace with their neighbours. He said both Muslims and Christians are from one family, Adams and Eve, who believe in one God.

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