The attack comes two days after young people from across the religious divide organised a celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid el-Kabir, in the latest reconciliation organised by the Christian-Muslim Peace and Unity Initiative of Nigeria. During the gathering, which was attended by dignitaries from both religious communities and widely reported in the press, a ram was symbolically sacrificed as the youth called for an end to the practice whereby young men are used as foot soldiers by forces bent on fomenting religious violence.
Reverend Yunusa Nmadu, CEO of CSW Nigeria, said, "We are deeply saddened by this attack, which is capable of de-railing ongoing interfaith reconciliation initiatives that have been making slow but sure progress. Nevertheless, we must continue to seek and work for peace. The aim of those behind this appalling violence is to turn the two religious communities irrevocably against each other, thereby destroying the nation. However, we must not play into their hands but should instead join forces to flush them out of our communities and bring an end to every lingering source of tension, suspicion and violence."
Andrew Johnston, Advocacy Director at Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said, “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of this appalling attack. The actions of a destructive minority must not be allowed to disrupt the peace building work that is taking place in Kaduna, and people of goodwill should continue to unite across the religious divide to ensure the return of lasting peace and security to the state.”