The need to pay attention (Da’wah) to the South-South and the South-East States cannot be overemphasized.

On my way to Onitsha yesterday, this Catholic brother started a discussion. He asked me what I am going to Onitsha for (was going to Asaba but on Onitsha bus), I told him for a religious dialogue then we started talking about religions.

Most of them on the bus thought I was Hausa that I had to explain that not all Muslims are Hausa and vice versa. The brother (he is from Enugu) said till he went to the South-West, he has never seen a mosque and was surprised that there are Yoruba Muslims.

We also discussed terrorism. “Muslims are not terrorists, Islam does not say kill people. See I am a Muslim, have I killed anyone?” and verses from the Qur’an that Islam has nothing to do with terrorism.

Surprised that a Muslim speaks good English and that a Muslim quotes the Bible, one went, ” You be Muslim true true?”

The Catholic brother who claimed to have studied theology and philosophy got an assignment during our discourse on Trinity.

He quoted Jesus, “I and my Father are one”. I asked if this is unity of persons or purpose, he chose the former. I then quoted,

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” John 17:22

Here, Jesus Christ was defining the oneness he had with the father. Now, is the oneness that of persons or purpose? If of persons, are the disciples part of the trinity?

He was silent and I said, “Ask questions when you get to the Church but please, your brain first”

First published on December 22, 2018.

Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman


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