…Decries upsurge in kidnapping.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Participants at the Interfaith Mediation Center (IMC) Monthly Forum for Media Practitioners on Peace Journalism in Kaduna have decried the increase in kidnapping menace in the month of January, 2021, saying, this has led to massive migration of affected communities within the period to other parts of the country.
The participants also restated the position of Prof. Wale Soyinka and other patriotic Nigerians on the need for abolition of open grazing of cattle for ranching, adding that “It’s out of fashion and absolutely becoming impossible to continue with grazing of cattle from North to the South in the 21st century.”
In a communiqué issued and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, Saturday, by Co-Directors of the Center, Imam Nuraini Ashafa and Pastor John Wuya, participants further observed that kidnapping has led to an increase in the numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country.
They hailed the effort of a Kaduna state-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, for taking the bold step to visit herders in their various communities to preach peaceful co-existence and appealed to other stakeholders in the country to emulate his giant stride.
The participants, comprising district heads, also noted that traditional rulers should be more involved in peace building, as they have more command on their subjects in their respective domains.
They called on leaders of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, especially Kaduna state council, to support issues that have to do with peaceful co-existence in the state, and also called on the council to take the lead in promoting peaceful co-existence in the state in particular, and the country as a whole.
Participants noted that, lack of job opportunities in the country is not a yard stick for any citizen to indulge in criminal activities, pointing out that, “Instead, people should have a mind-set on genuine greener pastures so that they can be self-reliant.”
They noted that, the World Interfaith Harmony Week is being celebrated on every first of February, and appealed to Nigerians to shun any sentiment on government’s appointments, especially on security issues.
They lamented over adoption of “quit notices” by some communities in the country, saying that the issue can lead to instability in the country.