Amina Anebi, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has issued cheques worth N163 million to 366 churches, mosques and religious organisations in the state.
While handing over the cheques at the General Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna, the Governor said: “It is important for government to support religious bodies to enable them promote religious activities.”
Governo Yero explained that the gesture is aimed at strengthening churches, mosques and religious organisations in carrying out their various projects and programmes to uplift mankind spiritually.
He noted that religion comes from God, adding that there is a need for it be respected and supported because it is a platform for people to unite. According to him, a positive attitude is required for peaceful cohabitation.
“These deeds of God show that we must live together, whether we like it or not and the only way it can be achieved is through tolerance and understanding one another,” Yero stated.
He appealed to religious leaders to continue to promote peace with the fear of God, casting aside selfish interests as they are the light that brighten the paths to serving God.
Yero also said that as a matter of policy of this administration, henceforth Christians and Muslims must integrate in the sitting arrangements of any event as a way putting into practice the much-sought about peace in the state.
He urged the 366 religious bodies who are beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the funds and called on the people of the state to continue to love one another. He disclosed that the state government is doing everything possible to halt the activities of hoodlums in some parts of the state.
In their welcome addresses, the permanent secretaries of the two bureaux, Islamic and Christian Matters Alhaji Abdulrahaman Mahmud and Rev. Felix Musa Billy, confirmed that the exact amount requested from the state government, was approved without deducting any sum.
Earlier in their remarks, the representative of the Chairman JNI, Mallam Kabiru Zubairu and the CAN chairman, Bishop George Jonathan Dodo commended the state government for the gesture and for initiating a new system of bringing both Muslims and Christians under one roof to receive cheques which will enable them access funds in support of religious institutions. They described the initiative as first in history and urged the government to continue in this light.