by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Violent extremism is said to have been caused by the neglect of putting into practice the true tenets of religious knowledge.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a 3-day workshop organized by Community Initiative to Promote Peace (CIPP) with Christian and Muslim participants.
According to the communiqué, most of the participants bared their minds on likes and dislikes on the practice of each other’s religions. Issues that border on stereo-types and prejudices were debunked during the intra/inter session of the workshop, which led to connections between the Muslim and Christian participants.
It added that, “Violent extremism persists in various communities in recent times in Kaduna State.
“Violent extremism in its various forms has been perpetuated by drivers like economic and political exclusions and an apparent neglect of exploiting the religious and cultural provisions of mediating in disputes in our various communities and at our various levels.”
It further encouraged Christian and Muslim religious leaders to be courageous enough to eschew, expose and stand by the truth in fighting violent extremism in their respective communities.
The communiqué added that religious leaders of various communities should be committed to report any indicator of possible instances of religious extremism.
The 3-Day workshop with theme: ‘Countering/Preventing Violent Extremism,’ according to statement was part of activities to mark the 2020 World Day of Peace, and the participants were drawn from four key local governments and communities, among others, from across the state.