Indigenous Tribes and Fulanis in southern part of Kaduna State have agreed to dialogue on how best to end the incessant crisis that have bedeviled the area.
This was part of the resolutions reached on Wednesday after Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria, (a Non-Governmental Organization), held a consultative meeting with over sixty (60) leaders of the Kaduna Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other stakeholders representing the natives of the eight Local Government Areas of Southern Kaduna, in Kachia.
GPF’s Communication officer, Richard Pius Garba, in a statement, explained that the meeting was held in line with the Foundation’s vision of the ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign.
Country Director for GPF Nigeria, John Oko, in his remarks during the occasion said the essence of the meeting was to mediate in the peace-building process, in order to bring to an end the attacks and reprisal attacks that have bedevil the area, resulting to the loss of 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 and point out issues they believe are driving the conflict as well as suggest solutions.
Speaking separately on the theme of the meeting “Active Involvement of Southern Kaduna Natives in Peace-building Process,” the Northern co-coordinators of GPF Nigeria, Rev. John Joseph Hayab and Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya, pointed out that, 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.
Also speaking, 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 discussion.
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, also 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, pledging their commitment to work collectively for peace attainment.