In a recent address to a diocesan synod, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria called upon Christians to “discover the African brand of Christianity and Islam” and learn about Islam.
“Knowing that not everybody is a Jew, Arab or Roman, we should work hard to discover the African brand of Christianity and Islam,” said Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, according to a Catholic News Service of Nigeria report. “There was a time when Christians prayed only in Latin but now, the Christians are able to pray in the local language.”
“If the Africans can rediscover the values of hospitality, love of community life, respect for elders, and many others, we shall discover that ethnic wars will minimize greatly,” he continued. “The Christian should take a bold step to study Islam, while the Muslim should take bold step to study the Christian religion. This knowledge of the facts of each other’s religion will go a long way to promote peaceful coexistence. It will make us live and accept instead of mere tolerance.”