by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As the world celebrates Peace International Day, the National President of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, Pastor Yohanna Buru, has honoured 3 Kaduna communities for the sustenance of peace and unity in the state.
Pastor Buru said the three communities, which include Kurmin-Mashi, Barakallaahu and Down Quarters, remained the best and most peaceful communities in the state, as there have been no any kinds of crises in the areas.
According to him, despite the ethno-religious political crises that have affected peace and stability in the state, “Kurmin-Mashi community, Barakallahu and Down Quarters remain united as one.”
He said, these communities deserved more than award for the commitment and dedication toward promoting peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians.
He noted that, awarding the communities became mandatory in view of the various roles being played by their traditional title holders and religious clerics with youth and women organizations in promoting peace building and preventing all forms of violence.
“If all Kaduna communities could be like Kurmin-Mashi, Barakallu and Down Quarters, there would be peace and development. These communities deserved to be a role model to all the communities in the state,” he said.
The cleric called on Kaduna state governor and other peace ambassadors to encourage other communities to emulate this kind of settlement (Muslim-Christian communities) so as to unite the people in the state.
Buru pointed that the previous crisis in state has caused a serious setback to peace stability in the state; hence the need to encourage other communities in the state to emulate from these peace communities.
“We must remember that were one family under God, and we are brothers and sisters; and we must learn to live together in peace and harmony with everyone,” he stated.
Responding, the district head of Kurmin-Mashi, Alhaji Abdullahi Rabo, expressed satisfaction for awarding the community as one of the best in the state that encourage peaceful co-existence, saying that it’s a collective responsibility to keep communities in peace and harmony.
He stressed that they have been living in peace for many years because of the better understanding among the people of the community.
Also responding, the district head of Kaduna-Down-Quarters, Alhaji Danjuma-Musa, said “Our joy is to maintain peace and unity among the people in the community,” adding that uniting the people is what they dedicate their lives to do.
World Peace International Day is usually celebrated on the 21st of September every year, which covers over 150 countries across the planet.