Despite instances of religious violence, mosque and church built side-by-side in Nigeria
In Nigeria, instances of religious violence have increased considerably over the course of last year. Clashes between the Muslim and Christian communities have become commonplace. That is why when the construction of a mosque began next to a Living Faith church in the suburb of Kudanden, the residents were quite nervous.
However, in this part of the country, worshipers are determined to work together.
“The issue of peaceful co-existence, or better still, refer to it as religious co-existence, cannot be over-emphasized,” said Christian resident Isiah Benjamin.
“So if the mosque is going to be used to worship and serve god, and the church is going to be used to worship and serve god, there’s no big deal about it, it’s a good one, and it therefore shows that we, as human beings, must learn to live as one.”
The harmony in the community was aided by a memorandum of understanding that was established by leaders in the region. The chief of Kudanden, Gabriel Galadima, said leaders from both parties were brought together to recognize a mutual, peaceful, understanding.