A Muslim Woman has decorated the home of a Christian clergy with a Christmas tree in Kaduna,in an effort toward strengthening peaceful co-existance ,better understanding, love and sustaining religious tolerance between Muslims and Christian and other traditional believers in kaduna state north western Nigeria,
This is to further strengthen the bond of love and peaceful coexistence ahead of this year’s Christmas and new year celebration amid of Corona-virus pandemic and the returned of economic recession in Nigeria.
The Peace Ambassador Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani had visited the house of Reverend Dr Movel James wuye,who is one of the most popular Christian clerics in northern part of Nigeria with one of the tallest Christmas tree with the aim of decorating the Clergy’s house,to promote peace and unity among Nigerians
According to her , Christmas provides an opportunity for Muslims to demonstrate to their Christian neighbours that Islam is a faith of peace,love and tolerance.
Ramatu, who is a specialist in peace and conflict prevention in Nigeria , said her aim “is to boost better understanding among different faith-based organizations and also use the season in spreading the message of love, peace, unity and togetherness between Muslims and Christians across the 36 states of Nigeria.
“I shared Christmas tree and donate food stuff to Christians every year in strenthening peace and unity between Muslims and Christians during the festivity”
“Christmas provide an opportunity for Muslims to strengthening good relationship with their neighbor Christians and that is why she usually budget and save some amount of money to buy food and other materials to shared with her friends and family”
She said ”The reason for decorating the Reverend’s house is also to beautify it with Tree and Light, wreaths, stocking, garment, ornament and the aim is to spread the message of peace and harmony
Adding that This is the 10th years of sharing Christmas trees to many Christians leaders in Nigeria and out-side the country.
She said every year ,she used to share many Christmas trees to some Christian friends and scholars ,including widows and some orphanage children, in order to better understand each other and to promote the culture of Tolerance and better understanding among different faith based organizations in the country
Stressing that some years back, ethno-religious political Crisis has caused serious damages and set-back to peace stability in the country,hence the need for both muslims and Christians to be their brothers’ keepers.
She said; “ every time she entered market to buy for Christians the christmas tree with her Hijab,people keep wondering, what has a muslim woman got-to-do with Christmas tree, but sharing and helping people makes her happy every day”
“I observed that the Christmas tree is very vital to the life of every Christian all over the world, and that is why I bought it to decorate the Reverend’s house, as a sign of promoting unity, togetherness and to wish all Christians worldwide the best of the season and happy new year in advance, Mrs Tijjani said.
Ramatu who disclosed that Muslims and Christians are children of Adam and Eve who believe in One God and have Holy books they believe in, urged people to support each other and live in peace and harmony.
She then called on wealthy Christians ,Christians association of Nigeria ,and other corporate organizations to always remember to shared with the widows and orphans most especially during festivity like this
“for the past year,she has been donating foodstuff,new cloth wrappers for many Christian widows for Christmas and new year celebrations”
Adding that,despite the corona-virus pandemic,she is going to visit some internally displaced persons and shared foodstuff to some Christian women and orphans in order to enabled them celebrate the season with joy and happiness like every other Christian as they celebrate Christmas
While wishing Christian world wide merry Christmas, she said,she is going to shared some other Christmas trees to some Christians leaders that are residing in Christian-muslims communities like Barakallahu,Down-quarters,Kurmin mashi, Barnawa,Mando and other communities that promote Christian-muslim relations to foster peace and unity.
”we must forgive one another to make Nigeria a better place”
“we must join hands to make Nigeria great and be like how it used to be before”
Responding Reverend Dr.James Movel Wuye expressed satisfaction and said he is really happy with the Christmas Gift from Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani,
He said, the gift came to him as a shock,as he never though that a Muslim woman would bring a Christmas tree to his house to beautify the home.
Adding that this is the first time for him to receive a Christmas tree from a muslim woman
The Man of God said, God Almighty would surely bless her for the kind gestured and for the humanitarian services she usually do in order to promote peace and unity in the country
“My family are really happy with the gift and I pray that May Almighty God bless her abundantly for choosing to come and beautify his house with Christmas trees
He then called on all Christians all over the world to obey NCDC protocols which include using face-mask, Hand gloves, sanitizers and respecting the principles of social distancing , to avert spreading Corona-virus while calling on parents to equally monitor the movement of their kids during the festivity
He further called on Nigerians to equally pray for peace stability in the country while drawing the attention of muslims and Christians to pray for all Nigerian troops across the country on peace mission