How Nigerians are uniting their faiths to oppose radicalism

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SHAFAQNA - Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State  in Nigeria has called on Christians and Muslims across the country to unite and fight against Boko Haram insurgency – radical group affiliated to ISIS.

Okorocha made the call when he hosted the Muslim faithful to a Ramadan feast to mark the breaking of the Ramadan fast at the Imo Government House in Owerri.

The governor said that Ramadan was a period of spiritual rebirth that required sober reflection, adding that country was also passing through a trying moment.

He sympathised with the people of the North-East whom he said were passing through great difficulty as a result of continuous bombardment and killing of innocent people by the Boko Haram.

The governor observed that the conflict was not a religious issue as being insinuated by some people; rather it was between the insurgents and their supporters.

He urged Nigerians to pray for the nation, especially for President Muhammadu Buhari to enable him succeed.

Okorocha also urged Nigerians to work together and be their brother’s keeper.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Imo, Alhaji Yusuf Nwoha said that since Okorocha came into power, it had become a tradition for him to host Muslims in the state during Ramadan.

Nwoha described this year’s occasion as important and unique as the invitation was extended to Muslims residing in other South-East states.

He expressed joy and appreciation for the honour done them and pledged the support and loyalty of the entire Muslim population in the state to the Okorocha -led administration.

Nwoha requested for an EID ground, large enough to contain the ever increasing Muslim population in the state as well as establishment of Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

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