…Distributes food items to victims.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
KADUNA STATE – Sequel to the recent incessant attacks that led to the loss of many lives and property in Gonan Rogo, Makyali, Agwala, Ungwan Modi and Ungwan Rana villages of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria, GPFN, has engaged youths of the affected areas in a round-table discussion with a view to finding lasting solution for peaceful coexistence in their midst.
The gathering had in attendance both Christian and Muslim youths aimed at bringing them together to share ideas of understanding of each other, in order to garner for common ground of uniting themselves for harmonious coexistence.
Programme Manager for Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria, Abdul Mohammed, who represented the Country Director of the foundation, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, distributed food items to the victims of the attacks and the youths.
The foundation, in its youth community dialogue distributed food palliative support, in line with social distancing measures to further douse the risen tension towards a peaceful Sallah festivity.
The event, which took place in Kasuwan Magani (an outskirt of Kaduna) had in attendance 40 youths, who were drawn from diverse ethno-religious backgrounds with a view to pleading with the victims not to take vengeance but to remain calm for peaceful Sallah celebration and thereafter.
The youth were tasked to take the peace message to their respective communities so that hoodlums should not mount tension in the area but shield their swords for peace to reign in the area.
The team of the foundation, in the course of its interaction with the youth, emphasized on the need for dialogue and “non-violent” approach to potential issues to violence after which a food palliative comprising beans, cassava flakes, soap and face-masks were distributed to cushion the effect of the attacks as well as the lockdown order.
Responding, residents of Kasuwan Magani and Rimau Ward, respectively, in the persons of Hannatu Mazadus, Ahmad Abdullahi and Friday Joshua, lamented that despite the Covid-19 pandemic that is ravaging nations, some “bad eggs” among the community members were busy planning and implementing evils.
They therefore, appealed for peace and urged youth in the area to embrace peace and disassociate themselves from drug abuse, as youth are always at the forefront of any atrocities.
They regrettably emphasized that as a result of the perennial crises in the area, thousands of youth are rendered jobless, as the major (Kasuwan Magani) market was closed due to the persistent crises in the area.
Also responding, Rev. Danjuma Mazadu, who is youth mentor in the area, appreciated the Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria, for coming to mobilize the youth again and for food support and awareness that would further reduce tension and bridge the gaps that always lead to violence.
He then admonished the youth and the communities entirely to embrace one another as members of one family under God for understanding, unity and peaceful coexistence.