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Sultan commends inter-religious harmony in Kogi




By Friday Idachaba

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Saturday greeted interfaith harmony in Kogi.

The sultan praised it when he inaugurated a central Anyigba mosque with a capacity of 1,800 seats built by the former governor of Kogi and industrialist, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the state-of-the-art Anyigba Mosque in Dekina local government area in Kogi has an auditorium, offices, 30 male toilets and 50 female toilets.

It also has a school and was built on a 1.3 hectare plot.

Speaking at the inauguration, the Sultan and the head of the Supreme Islamic Council urged individuals to see the construction of mosques as a means of shaping the spiritual characters of generations to come.

He said the construction of mosques has also helped strengthen adherents’ faith and urged Muslims to use the coming Ramadan to pray for strength and lasting peace in the country.

The Sultan praised the initiative of the mosque facilitator, saying it attested to the fact that the building must have been designed over time and not an idea that was starting now.

He described the overwhelming presence of Christian clergymen at the inauguration of the mosque as unprecedented.

The Sultan said interfaith harmony was a way to keep peace in the country and urged all Nigerians to emulate the example of Kogi where Christians and Muslims were united in worship.

Speaking earlier, the former governor and facilitator of the mosque project, said his charity and community development projects were part of his modest way of showing gratitude to God for his love and countless blessings.

Idris explained that his involvement was not because he had too much money but because “God has been good to me throughout my life. I know I cannot pay Him for His exceptional mercy towards me.

“I think there is no better way to thank him than to provide a place for others to come and worship him,” he said.

The former governor said he had built churches and mosques in Idah, Ejule and Abejukolo even before he became governor.

He listed some evidence of God’s love in his life, including the miraculous survival of three of his children in a plane crash in 2006 that claimed the lives of many people.

In addition, he mentioned his narrow escapes after many serious accidents and his commercial and political successes.

“In fact, if I am to start counting God’s blessings and love for me, there will be no space to contain them.”

Reverend P. Anthony Adaji, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Idah, who led clergymen of all Christian denominations in the Kogi East Senate District, congratulated the former governor on his decision to promote the worship of God. (NOPE)


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