Jos, 10 March, 2023 / 9:27 pm (ACI Africa).
St. Augustine's Major Seminary is fostering Interreligious Dialogue amid “security concerns”, the Rector of the Catholic institution that is located at Laranto in Jos North Local Government Area of Jos, Plateau State, a violence-prone region in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, has said.
In a Wednesday, March 8 webinar meeting, Mons. Mark Maigida Nzukwein who is the Bishop-elect of the newly created Wukari Diocese said that the Major Seminary is located in a predominantly Muslim area with “a history of violence for the past two decades and still raises security concerns regarding the safety of formators, the staff, and also the students at the seminary.”
Mons. Maigida also said that the Seminary’s sports ground and water are used by the public, a reality that makes it vulnerable as “strangers could easily disguise taking advantage of these facilities to constitute a threat to the safety of the seminary compound.”
“The Seminary community promotes interreligious dialogue with our immediate Muslim community through constant interfaith discussions with various religious leaders, women, and youth groups,” the Bishop-elect said in the virtual event that the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, organized under the theme, “Nigeria at the crossroads”.
The member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese whose Episcopal Consecration has been scheduled to take place on April 13 said that the Major Seminary has “been able to achieve mutual understanding”.