The chief Imam of Jos Central Mosque, Sheikh Balarabe Dawoud, yesterday said that no Muslim was assigned to bomb the premises of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Centre that claimed one life on Christmas Day.
He stated this when the Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), paid the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) a Christmas homage and to solicit for their cooperation for a peaceful co-existence in 2012.
The Imam, who was represented by Alhaji Sani Mohammed, noted that there was every need for Muslims and Christians to continue to meet and tell each other the truth, as only through such means will their adherents understand one another and cultivate peaceful coexistence.
The JNI also expressed appreciation for the visit of the leaders of CAN from all the local government areas in Plateau north senatorial district and regretted the bomb that exploded on Christmas day while praying for the souls of the departed.
In his welcome address, Sheikh Mohamed Suleiman, vice chairman of JNI, said the time has come for all the followers of the two religions to agree not to spill any more blood, but to embrace one another and be their brothers’ keeper.
According to him, instead of shifting blames, both religions should hold the government responsible for what was going on regarding the deplorable security situation in the country because the government has the capacity to unmask all evil doers.
He said it was not true that the crises were religious, but emphasised that some politicians have been using religion as a launching pad to unleash terror for selfish gains and called on the people to reject such people whenever they come for their support.
The representative of the state CAN chairman and the Jos North CAN chairman, Rev. David Bamidele said in his remarks said that they had come with open hearts to join hands with the JNI to find a way forward from the protracted crises in parts of the state.
He noted that it was on record that each time both leaders meet, they always give each other assurances that peace would be sustained but once they depart, a fresh round of crises breaks out, adding that it