- Muslims have celebrated Christmas with Christians in Nasarawa state
- This comes as a surprise to many people who don't believe that such move is possible
- Nigerians have consequently reacted to the development in diverse ways
In a move that is uncommon in this part of the world, some Muslim members have discarded tradition and joined Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Those involved in this move are members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria known as Shia, Nasarawa state branch, Tribune reports.
They visited Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC), Graceland Lafia, Nasarawa state to show their solidarity with its Christian population, Tribune reports.
According to Mallam Muhammad Amin, leader of the Islamic group, the members were at the church to pray for the healing of the country and Nasarawa state in particular as well as rejoice with Christians on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
According to him, the birth of Jesus Christ was significant to mankind hence the need for them to rejoice together in love as enshrined in the Holy books adding that the two major religions believe that Jesus Christ is the true Messiah.
Meanwhile, this move has generated diverse reactions on social media with many people praising the Islamic members.
Emmanuel Akpan wrote on Facebook:
"Wow. This is great. May God almighty continue to bless them. We are all one in God."
Benjamin Ronald Chukwuma on his part said:
"One of the major problems of Nigeria today is religious intolerance...And it also playout in all sphere of our national life."
Matthew Ighodalo added:
"God bless them Christian and Muslims we are one big family."
Ona Matt also said:
"If other groups can come to this kind of knowledge it means politicians can not achieve their aims over the masses."
Abubakar Sadiq Mahmud simply wrote in his reaction:
"Compliment of the Seasons. May the almighty God make our country peaceful and more prosperous in the year ahead."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ayo Ogunsan felicitated with his business associates, friends, and Nigerians at large.
Ogunsan who is a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist called on everyone to embrace the ideals of Christmas.
According to him, it is necessary for people to imbibe the nine lessons of Christmas. He disclosed this in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
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