The Archbishop of Jos Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev. Matthew Audu, on Thursday, distributed rice to the Muslim communities in Plateau as they celebrate Eid-el-Kabir.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Archbishop was represented by Rev. Fr Blaise Agwom, Director, Dialogue Reconciliation and Peace (DREP) Centre Jos.
Audu said that the gesture was a token of his appreciation for the peaceful coexistence between Christian and Muslims in the state.
“It is an appreciation of the collaboration between Christians and Muslim communities that has entrench peace and peaceful coexistence.
“I am talking about the Catholic Archbishop of Jos and particularly the DREP Centre. I wish to felicitate with you as you celebrate and pray for a peaceful Sallah in good health,” he said.
He said that the rice would be distributed to groups including; the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), Hausa Community, Miyetti Allah, The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and JIBWIS among others.
The representative of the groups, Alhaji Sani Mudi, commended the Archbishop and DREP for the gesture shown to them.
Mudi said that it was not the quantity that matters but the spirit behind the giving.
“We are not surprised by this gesture by DREP, we are critical stakeholders and have been part of DREP since its inception.
“The gesture strengthens our hope in enduring collaboration for fruitful results. We will continue to work for peace in Plateau and indeed Nigeria,” he said. (NAN)