Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
About a hundred youths from Chikun local government area of Kaduna state have been trained on promoting peace among interreligious and cultural coexistence ahead of the primary and general elections in the state.
The training, which held at Sabon Tasha Kaduna, on Wednesday, was organised by Raiciid Dialogue Centre of International Fellows Programme in conjunction with Interreligious and Cultural Coexistence.
Attended by renounced Christian/Muslim scholars, including Muhammed Ashafa and Bitrus Dangiwa of Interfaith Mediation Center, the message dwelt heavily on relationships between politicians and youth, and the need to avoid violence instigated by desperate politicians during electioneering in 2018/2019.
The clerics also lamented the politicization of religious bodies, namely: Muslim and Christian leaders, to the extent that creates disharmony among the religious bodies because of supporters.
Dialogue, they said is ability to resolve issues (on a round table) that would have led to violence or otherwise.
Speaking at the event, convener of the forum, Samila Yahaya of Raiciid Dialogue Centre, said the essence of the training is to ensure peaceful election and to avoid repeat of the election violence of the past.
He said they started with Chikun, owning the population of the area, especially Sabon Tasha, and intends to extend the training to other areas of the community in the state for the purpose of non blood-letting (crises-free) election.
Yahaya said the arrangement was made for 100 participants, but less than the number attended due to electioneering and political endearment in town.
CAN, JNI, Imams from Nasarawa community, Pastors from different denominational backgrounds, among others, made presentations of how to avoid political violence instigated by politicians trying to bulldoze their ways to win election, even when they are not popular.