Taraba state’s helmsman, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has made a case for religious tolerance, noting that faith should be a vehicle for cohesion rather than division. This message is contained in his message to Muslim faithful at the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan. He wished all adherents a successful exercise in the days ahead.
In a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, the governor said that the season calls for sober reflection and a renewed commitment to service to God and humanity. He stressed the need for tolerance between adherents of faiths.
According to the governor, “no society can move forward without synergy between the various groups. When we come together we tackle our common enemies better. Ramadan is the best time to recommit to the great teachings of the Islamic faith. Virtues such as patience, reticence, sacrifice, and selflessness are the lesson of the season. It is also a time to heighten our act of kindness as we remember those in need of food and shelter across the world. Fasting is a solemn reminder that sufferings still persist in our world and it shows how we are identifying with those in pains. It is also a time to be closer to God and search our souls.”
Governor Ishaku said religious differences can be a source of strength rather than weakness. He said, “I’ve always noted that the Almighty is well aware of our religious differences. He actually meant it to be so. Because being God, He could have made us of just one faith. But by allowing us to be born into different backgrounds and influences, He was sending a clear message that He wants us to live together iñ spite of our divisions. Taraba state is blessed to have both faiths as our recognized religious practice. So we must learn to live with one another. We are all believers in a God of love and peace. We must this strive to imbibe all the teachings of love and peace.”
He said the government would continue to protect religious freedom and support efforts towards greater peaceful coexistence.