Sunday, 30 July 2017

Inter-faith forum seeks peace in Southern Kaduna

An interfaith agency, Southern Kaduna Peace Gatherings, has told the federal government to mobilise critical stakeholders for the achievement of peace in the region.
In a nine-point agenda for sustainable peace in Southern Kaduna, it called on government to “initiate a broad-based development agenda specifically targeted at the victims of violence.”

The programme, according to the forum, must provide immediate basic needs such as food and shelter; provide psychological and trauma care, as well as socio-economic empowerment.
The communiqué was signed by Regional Secretary of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in English and Portugese Africa (IFES-ESPA), Rev Gideon Para-Mallam, and Deputy Chief Imam Kafanchan,  Alhaji Mami Kabir Kassim – (Co-conveners).
The forum also tasked traditional and religious leaders to demonstrate justice and equity towards all people in their territories/communities without ethno-religious sentiments or favouritism.
It also requested for the inclusion of Southern Kaduna in all federal government relief efforts as well as establishment of effective monitoring and evaluation system to ensure security agents provide proper and rapid security to communities.
It further called on government to address wider social justice and inclusiveness issues through “equitable access to land for all people and citizens of Nigeria, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”
On grazing, the forum canvassed maintenance of all legitimate cattle routes to forestall uncontrolled cattle rearing.
It further recommended prohibition of under-aged persons from cattle rearing as well as cattle rearing at night.
The forum tasked all residents and communities in Southern Kaduna to cooperate fully with the STF through factual information sharing and by refraining from taking the law into their own hands.

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