by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government and other relevant authorities have been called upon to ensure that no one is sparred in the effort in identifying and swiftly bringing the perpetrators of the recent killings and destruction in the state to justice.
The call was made on Monday by Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) program, and Community Peace Action Network (CPAN) in a statement on the attacks in Bido and Ungwan Pah communities in Southern Kaduna in Jema’a local government.
The statement, signed by Co-Executive Directors, Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Imam, Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, strongly condemned the killing and destruction of property and expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims during the unfortunate incident.
“IMC wishes to express with deep concern and share its pains over the unavoidable destruction and loss of lives and property of the affected communities in the incident that occurred on Saturday, 25th November, and the early hours of Sunday, the 29th November, 2020, at Ungwan Pah and Ungwan Bido village, Aso District in Kagoma Chiefdom, Jema’a local government areas of Kaduna State.
“We are calling on the relevant state authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of these killings and destruction.
“We are using this medium to appeal to the youths to desist in taking laws into their hands. Instead, they should be reporting to the appropriate authorities for necessary actions and solutions. It is also imperative that youth should eschew the tendency of vengeance and reprisal attacks on each other, while accepting the culture of tolerance of ethnic and religious differences that often exacerbate conflict.
“We are calling on all relevant stakeholders to join hands in promoting dialogue and reconciliation as the best alternative for mitigating conflict and building peace in their communities, while soliciting that we all need each other to make our various communities peaceful,” it stated.