Juliana Alao, a Christian lady who lives in a Muslim-dominated village, has recounted how several of her neighbors sacrificed their lives to save her life. She explained why she chose to reside in the Gangere village in Oyo State during a recent interview with Premium Times, which was conducted after a series of crises and attacks occurred in Plateau state.
In many places of Nigeria, religious differences have frequently been a source of worry. But a nurse named Juliana is sharing her story in the hopes of educating Nigerians about religious tolerance and love, according to the New York Times.
The following is Juliana's account of her experience: "I was urged to leave the Gangere community since members of my family dwell in this state. Following the initial catastrophe, I sought to leave the community. A new house and store were on my list to look for. My spirit, on the other hand, pleaded with me not to go. It is my neighbors' recommendation that I avoid going into town when there is a commotion in the state. My loved ones would tell me that they adore me and that they do not want anything bad happen to me. In the event that I have a disagreement with someone, people in the community come to my defense. Community people came to the aid of a young Yoruba woman who was in danger. But, despite the fact that she claimed to be my guest, she was a complete stranger to me. As a result of her fear, she pretended she was a guest at my home."
Juliana went on to say the following: "During one of the crises, I recall that a group of youngsters attempted to pillage my store, however they were unsuccessful. Upon entering my shop, two elderly men warned me that they would have to kill the intruders before they could get close to my business. In addition, they warned the lads that they should not cause any further damage to the girl. Many community members who claim that I should not reside in this region because of my religious beliefs are rebuked by young people in the neighborhood."
Juliana has been a resident of the Gangere village in Jos North Local Government Area for more than 25 years.
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