Bauchi - The Bauchi State chapter of the National Council of Muslim Youths on Tuesday organised an interactive dinner for Christians in the state to promote understanding and peaceful co-existence among them.
In his remarks at the dinner, Malam Muhammad Rabi’u, the State Coordinator of the organisation, said the occasion was organised to complement efforts of the state government and other stakeholders at sustaining peace in the state.
He said that the organisation had concluded plans to organise a public lecture to be delivered by Mr Solomon Dalung of the University of Jos in September on the need for mutual co-existence.
Also speaking, the Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Dr Shu’aibu Musa, said that religious organisations had a greater role to play in promoting peace and harmony among adherents of the two religions.
Musa explained that the polytechnic had been enjoying peace following the introduction of various measures to bring together people of different religious groups in the institution.
In his response, Mr Simon Samuel, the state Chairman of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, called for a forum where Muslims and Christians would come together and understand each other.
Samuel underscored the need for adherents of the two religions to co-exist peacefully to enhance development in the country and their various communities.
The Bauchi State Shari’ah Commission also commended the organisers of the forum for their foresight.
The chairman of the commission, Alhaji Mustapha Baba-Ilela, who was represented by the Secretary of the commission, Alhaji Bala Ahmed, urged the organisation to extend the gesture to other parts of the state and promised to support it.
In a remark, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal, the village Head of Birshi, Bauchi Local Government, appealed to the participants to disseminate the message to those who could not attend the dinner.