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Stakeholders in Southern Kaduna agree on ‘cessation’ of attacks in area

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

Southern Kaduna stakeholders have agreed on an immediate cessation of attacks, kidnappings and cattle rustling going on in the area.

This was contained in a communiqué read and signed by chairman of the communiqué committee, Prof. Sunday Agang, and his Co-Chairman, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, which was issued to newsmen at the end a peace summit held in Kafanchan. The summit was convened by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) in collaboration with Friends of Southern Kaduna.

They also called for collaborative economic activities for people of the zone as a way of promoting peaceful co-existence among the people in the area.

They warned against inciting statements and utterances that always make people feel alienated, and stressed the need for such comments to be avoided by all.

While noting that women and youths should be carried along in all formal peace processes, the communiqué added that deliberate efforts made to “recognize and celebrate our differences” should be put in place for a better understanding.

Other resolutions included stopping minors from grazing alone, farming on grazing routes and deliberate destruction of farm crops, among others.

During the summit, the stakeholders identified reprisal attacks as one of the causes of constant crisis in Southern Kaduna, which according to them, appears like a justification of the attacks.

The summit called on all leaders at local, state and national levels to avoid all that bothers on appearance of taking sides and not being impartial judges.

They recommended that serious observations should be made at the end of the report on killings and conflicts that are to be conveyed to the federal and state governments, thereby ensuring that only issues perceived to be the ‘causes’ of the festering violence should  be communicated in separate letters to the President and the Governor of the State.

In his remarks earlier, Rev. Yakubu Pam, who is Executive Secretary of NCPC, solicited the continuous synergy and for collaboration of all relevant stakeholders.

According to him, the state government would do well by implement all agreements reached at the summit.

He called on the state and federal governments to reach out to the victims of the crisis with interventions to enable them rebuild their lives as well as involving the warring parties in decision making processes that affects them.

Also speaking, Executive Vice Chairperson of the Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, said that the state government remained relentless in stemming the tide of violence in the state.

Ankut maintained that putting humanity above religious and ethnic considerations would bring about quick resolution of the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

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