Over 1,000 packaged food and drinks have been distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), destitute and widows by the Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry of Nigeria in Kaduna, on Wednesday to mark Sallah celebration.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Yohanna Buru, said that gesture was aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the country.
Buru led a team of Christian and Muslim youths to distribute the food, including clothes to inmates of Kaduna Central Prison and IDPs at Badarawa, Ungwan Dosa, Barakallau and Rigasa, all located in the northern part of Kaduna metropolis.
“We see it as a duty to support our brothers with food so that they can join other Muslims around the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr.
“The bible teaches us to love our neighbours as we love ourselves; as such, as Christian clerics we are simply obeying the teaching of the holy book.
“This is the fifth year we are distributing food and drinks to the less privilege, inmates and widows during Sallah period as well as donate clothes to orphanages” Buru said.
Also speaking, Pastor Maxwell Sanda, who was in the entourage, noted that some Muslim brothers always join Christians to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
“Today we are here to extend hands of love to the needy and those in distress as God will expect of all humanity,” he said.
One of the IDPs from Borno State, Mamam Aisha Gamborin Gala, a mother of seven, thanked the church for the gesture, saying, “No one has brought us food except you.”
“We are grateful and call on good Samaritans in the state to remember us while eating their delicious meal,” she said.
The Church members also visited Mallam Nigger Skill Acquisition Centre in Rigasa and distributed food to drugs addicts undergoing rehabilitation in the centre.
Church donates Sallah food/items to Kaduna IDPs
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