More than 200 Muslim youths were among those who protected Christians from attacks in the Nigerian city of Kaduna over Christmas, a local church official has confirmed.
According to Pastor Yohanna Buru of the Christ Evangelical Church in Kaduna, the interfaith initiative was the first of its kind in the city. He said that Muslims volunteered to protect his church in response to a series of suicide bombings and attacks on Christian places of worship by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
“I really appreciate their love and care,” he said of the young Muslims, adding that it showed the possibility of lasting peace and harmony between those of different faiths.
Buru also expressed a hope that the initiative would be taken up in other areas of Nigeria.
Situated in the centre of the country, Kaduna State has been the site of increasing inter-religious tension in recent months. On Saturday, gunmen attacked and killed 10 residents who were having a post-Christmas celebration in Tattaura Village, Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Umar Shehu, has confirmed.
Local pastor Mike Maikarfi told journalists that the community was holding a festive celebration during which locals performed dances.
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SOURCE: Christian Today