Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Apparently to avert past election crises experience and ensure violence-free society, an NGO, known as Interfaith Mediation Centre, IMC, has completed a one day’s intensive training of over 125 youths in Kaduna ahead of the general elections in the state and beyond.
The youths, who were drawn from across the flashpoints communities within the four metropolitan local government areas of the state, include drugs addicts, political thugs and other responsible youths, were sensitized on the importance of peace and peaceful coexistence and how to accommodate one another.
Titled ‘Youth Initiative on Tolerance for Peaceful Coexistence Workshop,’ the youth, comprising male, female, Christians and Muslims, were allowed to interact freely among themselves on issues bordering on unity and peace.
Speaking in an interview, the co-executive of IMC, Dr Mohammed Ashafa, said the importance of the training workshop was the sensitization of the youth brought from 52 volatile communities where political thugs are recruited, to become part of credible and violent-free political process.
Imam Ashafa said the youth were also sensitized against electoral violence, while the religious leaders and professionals were brought to empower them psychologically from drugs and thuggery lifestyle to become responsible youths in the society.
Also speaking, co-executive director of IMC in-charge of Christianity, Pastor Dr. James Wuye, said the core essence of the workshop was to sensitize youths on how to manage their anger and to know how to cerebrate victory or loss during electioneering without resulting to violence.
“A situation where young people will over cerebrate election victory to the extent of killing themselves or assaulting others when they lost election is unfair and out of factions,” said Pastor Wuye, and therefore thanked the founder of International Dialogue Centre in Vienna for their support.
Participants interviewed, James Saidu (Mafuta/Sabon Tasha zone) and Abubakar Haruna (Vigilantes from Tudun Wada), expressed satisfaction with the training and the sensitization, saying they learnt a lot and promised to sensitize others in their zones.