by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As part of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation among victims of Southern Kaduna ethno-religious crisis and vengeance attacks, two bereaved Christian and Muslim widows, Katrine and Marwanatu, who lost their husbands and children, homes and property shared their grief with the sole aim to forgive those that killed their loved ones and have decided to live together.
Apart from sharing and forgiving, the duo are also spreading the gospel of forgiveness and begging for reconciliation for people to live in peace and harmony and to share their testimonies for the importance of living together without any kind of intimidation so as to promote Christian-Muslim relationship in the country.
Marwanatu Abubakar, a resident of popular volatile Kasuwar Magani in Southern Kaduna, shared her experience during monthly peace journalism conference organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre, IMC, in Kaduna and supported by Mercy Corp.
Haj. Abubakar told newsmen that some group of well equipped youth from nowhere came into their house, burnt the home and killed her husband.
According to her, the group of young people killed the husband in such a gruesome manner that wouldn’t be easy to remember in memory, but that she has forgotten them.
She said the crisis in southern Kaduna has cause a serious setback that has affected peace stability, education, economic infractions and increase in insecurity challenges.
She confirmed that Kasuwan Magani was known for peace and peaceful community as Muslims and Christians have been living together, irrespective of religious differences but as brothers and sisters in the Northern region, many years without any forms of threat and insecurity problems.
Marwanatu said, she has forgiven all those that killed her husband and burnt their house, while calling on every victim of southern Kaduna attacks to equally forgive those that killed their loved ones for peace and unity and for the progress of the nation.
While calling on state and federal government to equally provide adequate security, she then called on residents to remember the Day of Resurrection. She called on southern Kaduna youths to shun all forms of violence and embrace peace.
Accordingly, while narrating her experience Katrine Benard, a Christian woman, equally stated how she lost her husband and children by the same gangs attack of Kasuwar Magani the same manner in same day.
While she explained in detail how the killers came to her house and killed her husband, who was ill, and her daughter the same day, Kathrine said she has forgiven those that killed her husband and her daughter. She has chosen to spread the gospel of forgiveness and reconciliation among all the victims of Southern Kaduna
The two bereaved women, after losing their husbands and some of their children, are now staying in a rented house, though not without challenges. One of the greatest being lack of food and skill to take care of the remaining orphans.
As they continued to spread the gospel of peace and forgiveness, they equally appealed to state and federal government, corporate organizations and wealthy individuals to support them morally and financially on ways to take care of their remaining rescue children. The call for support was collaborated by the Co-founder of IMC, Dr Nuraini Ashafa.