The Catholic Diocese of Oyo State has congratulated Muslims in the state and country on their participation in the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, while also calling for peace and religious unity.
This is according to a message signed by Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Oyo Diocese and Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogundipe, the Diocesan Director of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Oyo.
The Diocese greeted Muslims on another holy sacrificial feast, Eid-el Kabir while sympathizing with those who were unable to perform Hajj owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and praying for a better 2022.
“We join you in thanking God for this opportunity, and for understanding the challenges that this season poses to us all. Our beloved country needs all of us and we all have a part to play in the success of Nigeria as a nation.
“Eid-el-Kabir is a festival of great sacrifice to Allah, which must reflect in our loving sacrifice to one another, especially, those who do not share our beliefs and languages.
“I humbly urge us to use this medium to reflect on our common need for peaceful coexistence, good governance, and youth empowerment,” the church urges.
The diocese urged all faith-based organizations to fight discrimination, fake news, hate speeches, and religious extremism, and to cooperate with their leaders to make Nigeria a better place for everyone.
It thanked God for all they had accomplished together in Oyo Diocese and Oyo State and prayed for greater peace and growth in the coming years.
The diocese said: “As always, we are open to programmes of mutual enrichment and dialogue of peaceful coexistence with you all.
“May we live to celebrate more of this and may all of us, Muslims and Christians, alike continue to uphold our obedience to Allah in the spirit of forgiveness and true love for one another.