The Director and Founder of Muslim Rights and Concern (MURIC) Professor Ishaq Akintola on Monday stated that we Christians and Muslims might have chosen the wrong targets as enemies, but it is all wrong.
He further urges the Christians in Nigeria to forge a common front with their Muslim compatriots in the fight against the deadly COVID-19 diseases which have spread across the country.
Prof. Akintola, in his Easter message on Monday, said that with a great understanding, we will also be able to fight against insecurity, illiteracy, ethnic bigotry and religious extremism, which are the common enemies of humanity.
In his speech, “we can now see that we have been insulting ourselves against the wrong targets. The streets of the Vatican are empty; those of Makkah and Madinah are deserted.
Hence, we felicitate with Nigerian Christians on the occasion of Easter season and urge then to recall the lessons of forbearance, tolerance and love which are embedded in Easter.” We have to fight the common enemy, which does not discriminate religion together with our hands joined in oneness.
Muslim have been forced to desert the mosques on Friday; the Ka’abah has been locked up for weeks, Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) was suspended too due to the fear of Coronavirus. Muslims may not congregate as usual during this fast-approaching Ramadan.
“For the first time, Christians marked Easter without procession, Palm Sunday was streamed live, and people have watched and listened from their homes. Sunday services in the church have been without faithful for weeks” COVID-19 reign supreme, and we can now see for ourselves that disease is our enemy and not the Christians or Muslims.
“We will have to investigate genuine complaints of marginalization, stigmatization, oppression and persecution with sincerity.”
“Also redress all wrongs and resolve to deal justly among ourselves, to love, forgive and tolerate ourselves, only then will we jointly develop a means to fight and defeat our enemies.”