Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday, described the message of redemption Christmas brings as a relief for himself, Nigerians and all of humanity.
This was just as members of a Muslim group, popularly called the Shiites, attended a Christmas service at one of the largest denominations in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Sunday as a sign of love and efforts to strengthen religious tolerance.
The PUNCH reports that Christmas is an annual Christian festival, held on December 25 to celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth.
“So it’s a celebration of joy and a great relief. That’s why it’s called the good news. If you are told that someone has paid for all of your sins, and your sins are numerous, as mine are, that is wonderful news. That’s my message Osinbajo said shortly after a Christmas Day Service held at the Aso Villa Chapel, where he had preached the sermon.
Earlier in the service, Osinbajo spoke on the topic “The Birth of the New Covenant.”
The Chaplain of the Aso Rock Presidential Chapel, Pastor Joseph Malomo, said despite the negative economic forecast, “Nigerians should rest assured that God is on their side.”
Shiites attend Christmas service
A Muslim group, popularly called the Shiites, attended a Christmas church service at one of the largest denominations in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Sunday as a sign of love and efforts to strengthen religious tolerance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the prayer session as held at the Church of Brethren in Nigeria, (Ekkelisiyar `Yan Uwa Ta Nigeria), Samaru, Sabon Gari, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The group also presented a gift to the church to further foster love and boost religious tolerance between the two faiths.
Speaking to newsmen after the service, the leader of the team, Prof. Isah Mshelgaru, said the essence of attending the service was to rejoice with Christians on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
“Islam says if someone is not your brother in faith, he is your brother in humanity, and we share this humanity with everybody, whether Muslim, Christian or whatever,” he said.
Similarly, the Resident Pastor, EYN Church, Samaru, Zaria, Rev. Tijjani Chindo, noted that the church received the Muslims with joy and appealed for the replication of the gesture across the country