NEWSDAILYNIGERIA -The lnterfaith Mediatuon Centre (IMC)Kaduna has carried out a sensitization campaign in commemoration of the 2021 UN Interfaith Harmony Week celebration in Kaduna with a visit to Kawo Market and other target areas in the State.
In a statement made available to Newsdailynigeria by the Communication officer,Hayatu Nura on Wednesday,the centre called on the Market traders and Nigerians to continue to observe the Covid-19 safety protocols to stay alive,
” As part of activities to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2021! IMC had embarked on a sensitization campaign on compliance to COVID-19 protocols using faith based approach to also preach Peaceful co-existence amongst people of different faith. This year Interfaith Harmony Week targets the market people, women group and secondary school students.
” The Co-executive Directors led the team to Kawo Market on Tuesday and continued on Thursday, they met with women group at the District Head of Ungwan Rimi office and later travel to Kasuwan Magani Market. The team was received by various market heads
” The sensitization kick started with an Interfaith Prayers which was followed by introduction of the Centre to the market people. The Co-Executive Directors, Pastor Dr. James Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa talked on what the two Holy Books says (Bible and Qur’an) in support of the unity of all mankind.
” The Co-executive Directors, scripturally drew the attention of the people to respect and tolerate each other’s religion and maintain peaceful coexistence in the state, also called on the people to comply with the government on COVID-19 rules as it was stated in the two Holy Books to protect ourselves from any form of pandemic and to also mitigate and curtail its spread in the society.
They sought people of different faith to help create an atmosphere where present and future generations will co-exist with mutual respect and trust to one another.”
” They called upon all to refrain from incitement and pledge to promote dialogue among themselves. They stressed that as people of faith there is need to imbibe the culture of peaceful coexistence and harmonious understanding amongst themselves.
” When sensitizing the people on COVID-19 compliance the Co-executive Directors explained to them to stay safe by taking some precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing of mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning of hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue.
” Also when educating the market people at Kasuwan Magani, Pastor Dr. James Wuye advised them to always maintain at least one meter distance among themselves and their customers to reduce the risk of infection when they cough, sneeze or speak.
” He also stressed that they should make wearing of mask a normal part of being around other people in the market or at home.
When addressing the women group, Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa said women are the most important elements in the society as such they have a big role to play in this trying time of COVID-19 pandemic. He advised them to monitor the movement of their children and make use of facemask mandatory on them. Also point out that the appropriate use, storage, cleaning and disposal are essential to make masks as effective as possible.
“Speaking further, he further explained to them important of hygiene, where he told them to regularly and thoroughly clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
” He said this eliminates germs including virus that may be on their hands. Also to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. He explained that Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up virus. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to their eyes, nose or mouth. The virus can enter their body and infect them. To cover their mouth and nose with their bent elbow or tissue when they cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash their hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene system’ you protect the people around you from virus, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19. To frequently clean and disinfect surfaces especially those which are regularly touch, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.
” Pastor James also advice people to be taken a cup of warm water every morning for a good health and urged people to avoid cold drinks as to prevent themselves from COVID-19.
Responding, “/the Sarkin Kasuwan Kawo Alhaji Salihu Abdulrahman in his remark said: COVID-19 is real and people should listen to the advice of Imam and Pastor on all the protocols of COVID-19. He also thanked IMC for a great step to educate people.
” The Women Leader Kawo Market Mrs. Maryam Salami also added her voice with a word of thanks to IMC for a unique approach to commemorate the Interfaith Harmony Week by sensitizing the public on COVID-19 and also called for peaceful coexistence and tolerance among the people of different faith. She shared that they have been hearing about COVID-19 compliance on Radio/TV but seeing IMC at Kawo Market enlightening the public is a good job. At the end she pointed out that Muslim and Christian should respect each other religion and encouraged others Faith-Based Organizations to emulate IMC.
“The Sarkin Tuesday Market Kawo Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, Thanked IMC for the sensitization and further said the Kawo Market leaders have been trying to sensitize people to comply to the COVID-19 protocol but people are not complying to the rules. He stressed that people must comply to all the rules set by the government.
“The Hakimin Ungwan Rimi in his remarks drew the attention of the people to live in peace with one another and called on the Women to comply with the COVID-19 rules, he also urged them to take care of their children and put eyes on them as schools are resuming soon. At the end he thanked IMC for coming to his community to sensitize his people in commemorating the World Interfaith Harmony week.”the statement added