Christian leaders to dialogue with herdsmen over killings in Southern Kaduna
By Mohammad Ibrahim
Indigenous Tribes in the Southern part of Kaduna State have agreed to come to a roundtable with the indigenous Fulanis of the area and dialogue on how best to end the crisis in that part of the State.
This was part of the resolutions reached after a Non-Governmental Organization, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria held a consultative meeting at St. John’s Hall in Kachia on1st February 2017 with over sixty (60) leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other stakeholders representing the natives of the 8 local government areas of Southern Kaduna.
Country Director for GPF Nigeria, John Oko explained that the purpose of organizing the consultation which is in line with the Foundation’s vision of the ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign was to mediate in the peace-building process to bring to an end the attacks and reprisal attacks that have bedevilled the area resulting in the loss of several lives and properties.
While pointing out that GPF Nigeria had earlier held a similar consultation with the Fulani leaders of the area, he urged the participants to freely air their grievances, point out issues that they believe are driving the conflict and also suggest what they consider as the solutions.
Speaking separately on the theme of the meeting “Active involvement of Southern Kaduna Natives in Peace-building process”, the Northern co-coordinators GPF Nigeria, Rev. John Joseph Hayab and Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya said, no society can live in peace except the people agree to bury their differences and tolerate one another.
They advised the people to always seek to address their problems through dialogue instead of resorting to destruction of lives and property which may not be the solution to the persistent problem.
In his contribution, the Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter, Rev. Sunday Ibrahim advised security personnel to be more proactive in responding to the plight of the people instead of being reactive.
The CAN Secretary who spoke through the Head of Administration, Haruna Michael re-echoed CAN’s commitment to dialogue in resolving the crisis through reverting to the old order of their relationship with the Fulanis, which he noted can only be achieved in a roundtable.
Also speaking, the Country Representative of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) in Nigeria, Mr. Joseph Atang commended the foresight of GPF Nigeria for identifying with the people of Southern Kaduna and appealed to the people to shield their swords by putting their differences aside.
In his contribution, the representative of World Alliance for Development, Mr. Jonah Yahaya emphasized the need for people to embrace peace and tolerance of each other to attract investors and development to their communities.
Various participants who spoke at the occasion expressed their readiness to dialogue with the Fulani leaders through the mediation efforts of the Global Peace Foundation to put an end to the dastardly act of killings in Southern Kaduna, while also pledging their commitment to work collectively with peace-loving people to promote the message that as humans we are all members of One Family under God.
The Oslo Times International News Network