October 16, 2021

IHVN Boss Applauds Unity Sallah Celebration in Wase LG

Wase Emirate and the entire local government area have been applauded for demonstrating the true reflection of religious and ethnic tolerance in this year’s Eld-El-Kabir Sallah celebration.

Former Commissioner of Health in Plateau State and the current Chief Executive Officer of Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, IHVN, Dr. Patrick Dakum gave the accolades when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Wase, Dr. Muhammadu Haruna Sambo II in Wase, Plateau State.

The visit which coincided with the traditional Horse riding called “Hawan Daushe” by the Emirate council, saw both Christians and Muslims as guests at the occasion, a show of religious tolerance and unity in diversity.

According to Dakum, this shows that the peace sermon being preached by Governor Simon Lalong in the state is working and urged other religious and ethnic groups across the 17 local government areas to emulate same by engaging other tribes and religions during their festivals.

“For me is a very exciting moment, here are Bishops, here are Reverends including my own Rev. of the COCIN Church here in Wase rejoicing and celebrating Sallah with the Muslim Ummah in the area.

“So I congratulate the governor of Plateau state, that his message of peace that has gone down to the grassroots, I also congratulate the Emir because he has shown that he can personify peace in his domain and this is a lesson to other local governments that it’s possible to live and work together as one united Plateau people” Dakum emphasized.

According to the Emir, Dr. Muhammadu Sambo II, “I believe that apart from the presentation of Staff of office to me, I have not seen a gathering of importance that carry weight like the occasion of today” he said.

He added that the occasion has shamed those who are beneficiaries of conflicts, those who use either ethnicity or religion for their own personal gains.

“We are privileged to have the Plateau State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. Father Polycarp Lubo here with us to celebrate Sallah, apart from him we also have the Bishop of Methodist Church of Jos, Rt. Rev. Thomas Ayoor Tsav who is a Tiv man from Benue, that everyone knows have problem with the Fulanis, here is he, he slept here” the Emir opined.

The Catholic Bishop of Jos Diocese, Bishop Matthew Ishaya Audu and many other Christian clergy were in attendance to celebrate Sallah with the Emir.

The guests were entertained by the traditional Horse riding, “Hawan Daushe” as the Emir rode on a Horse and all the traditional title holders of the Emirate also rode on the Horse to salute the Emir.

Dr. Patrick Dakum was also at the palace of the Emir of Kanam, Alh. Muhammed Mu’azu Muhammed II for the Sallah homage and to condole with the emir and the Emirate council over the demise of two title holders of the Emirate.

The Emir of Kanam expressed gratitude to Dr. Dakum for the visit and showered him with royal blessings.