by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Brigadier-General Katunku Simon Gora (rtd) has stressed the need for good efforts to be made by the Atyap, Fulani and Hausa communities of Zangon-Kataf towards sustainable peace initiative for unity and sustainable development in the area.
According to him, the initiative should be championed by the Atyap monarch, Sir Dominic Gambo Yahaya, the Agwatyap in Zangon-Kataf local government area of Kaduna state and to be supported by other well-meaning individuals in the area.
Brig-Gen Katunku made his observation, while donating foodstuffs and cash to internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Mercy Camp, in Zonkwa.
He enjoined both parties being enveloped in the crisis to effectively use the peace initiative brought about by the Agwatyap, Sir Dominic Yahaya, as a gateway to making a formidable relationship for the maintenance and sustenance of peaceful coexistence in southern Kaduna and the state as a whole.
The retired Brig-Gen noted that, “I am really touched to see women and children in the camp living in a begging form. This is what our people are not known with, but the Atyap man has always lived a contented person. However, they should take the present situation in which they have found themselves as an art of the Almighty.”
He observed that (all things being equal) the presence of security agencies in the area is to ensure there is calm among the various ethnic groups and ensure people go about their normal lives without any problem.
Brig-Gen Katunku added thus: “The Agwatyap, in his wisdom, came up with a very good initiative by bringing the various stakeholders together through dialogue and round-table discussion for better understanding, in order to cement a good relationship among the Atyap, Fulani and Hausa for cordial and a harmonious future in the chiefdom and Southern Kaduna as a whole.”
Earlier in his speech, coordinator of the displaced persons, Rev. Gambo Waziri, said that the camp came about as a child of necessity, having seen what mostly women and children were going through when their villages were attacked by suspected Fulani militias.
He said himself and others, who gave themselves to cater for the victims of the crisis, had to look inward to be able to meet the immediate needs of the people.
Rev. Waziri explained that, the camp hosts 3,455 displaced persons, besides others that are staying with relatives in Zonkwa Town, who always come to get what they would feed on.
He stressed that the camp had 58 pregnant women, out of which 6 (six) have given birth, but noted that two of the new born babies died, and thanked people of Southern Kaduna and outsiders for their support and understanding during the trial time in the area.
It could be recalled that, crisis erupted in Zangon-Kataf, following the alleged killing of a farmer in a farmland on the 10th June, 2020, which resulted to the mayhem and consequent loss of lives and destruction of property within and other parts of Southern Kaduna.