“There is no doubt that distrusts and suspicion,characterize relations between Muslims and Christians in many parts of Nigeria.It is also obvious that many good Muslims and good Christians would like to see healthier and harmonious relationships among adherants of the two religions.”
(Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama of Jos, “Dialogue of Life: An Urgent Necessity for Nigerian Muslims and Christians”, 2006:53)
During Sister Lilian M. Curaming FMM’s twelve day stay in Nigeria, she reports: “I experienced what the Archbishop of Jos wrote...”
On Tuesday, November 11th Lilian met with Archbishop Kaigama who has been working closely with the Emir of Wase, Dr. Abdullahi Haruna, to promote relations between Muslims and Christians in their area.
From 12th – 14th November, Sr Lilian facilitated a Basic PACT-Enablers’ Training Workshop with Maji Peterx at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre in Jos. This was attended by thirty six people of Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim backgrounds. This meeting resulted in the formation of six PACTs around Jos (in Pankshin, Kabong, Bukuru, Nassarawa, Abattoir, and Muhammadu Wada). A further PACT was established in Jos following Sr Lilian’s presentation of DPI to Juma’at Nasril Islam and the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria. This will comprise 9 Islamic and 13 Catholic members.
November 17th saw Sr Lilian present DPI to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM Sisters) postulants and sisters, and to the novices of the Infant Jesus Sisters, Jos.
Continuing her Nigerian sojourn Sr Lilian met with Archbishop Matthew Man’Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna on Thursday, 18th November. Archbishop Ndagaso is particularly interested in DPI’s work since there have been many conflicts between Muslims and Christians in his See recently.
Later that day Lilian was interviewed on Capital TV Kaduna by Ziporah Igunbor.
The second Basic PACT-Enablers’ Training Workshop occurred in Kaduna from November 19th – 21st. It was attended by twenty five participants (thirteen Christians and twelve Muslims). The concrete product of this workshop was the establishment of a Central State PACT-Enablers’ Group which will meet bi-monthly to evaluate DPI’s progress in the State.
With much hope for the work of DPI in Nigeria Sr Lilian returned to South Africa.Now that further ground work has been established we hope that the PACTs will begin their working of peacefully transforming Jos and Kaduna, particularly in light of the recent outbreaks of violence between Christians and Muslims in that country.