The Eid-ul-Fitri festival, which marks the conclusion of the revered fasting month of Ramadan, has been welcomed by Muslims in Nigeria and around the world, according to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
In a statement, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, president of the CAN, urged Muslims to use the holiday and beyond to pray for the country.
He also sent greetings to Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, and the President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
CAN expressed optimism that the two religions and their adherents will continue to contribute to the advancement of the country.
The statement partly reads, “Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and a renewed commitment to living a life of piety and peace. It teaches us the importance of sacrifice, compassion, and generosity towards others, especially the less privileged in our society. As we mark this important occasion, we must take the opportunity to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan and the values that it teaches us which is love for one another and mutual understanding for a peaceful society.
“Islam and Christianity share a lot of good virtues in common and we must use our understanding of the Holy books to promote inclusivity, and work towards building a more tolerant and egalitarian society for us all.
“As we celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitri festival, we call on all Nigerians to use this occasion to pray for our beloved country, for peace, and for the prosperity of all our people.
“Once again, congratulations to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Nigeria.”
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