Oyo, 07 April, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church leaders overseeing the department of Interreligious Dialogue in Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese have urged Christians and Muslims in the West African nation not to relent in fasting and praying “for a better Nigeria”.
In their Ramadan message shared with ACI Africa Thursday, April 7, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo and Fr. Moses Alaba say God “must have a hand in the coincidence” of Lenten and Ramadan observances.
Lent began on Ash Wednesday, March 2 and is expected to end on Holy Thursday, April 14. The 30-day Ramadan that started April 2 and is scheduled to conclude on May 2 with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
“The Almighty Allah, who grants every good thing, must have a hand in the coincidence that you're beginning this unique spiritual exercise while Christians are still observing their annual fasting which we started a month ago,” the Local Ordinary of Oyo Diocese and the Director of Interreligious Dialogue in the Nigerian Diocese say in their collective message.
Bishop Badejo and Fr. Alaba add, “As Muslims and Christians, we must not relent in our collective effort, prayers and personal relationship with God especially in this Holy season.”