By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna, has called on all religious leaders and other citizens across the country to always be mindful of their utterances on issues that can lead to violent conflicts in the country.
Participants at the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism made this known in their Communiqué made available by the Co-executive Directors of the Centre, Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa and Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye.
The participants reacted to recent reactions based on comments in the public domain that can trigger violent conflicts around raging to banditry in Nigeria.
The group noted that comments and reactions are still generating tension in the country, especially considering the increase in the level of insecurity in the land.
The forum noted that within the month of February 2021, it observed that statement that could trigger violence and disunity should be avoided in order not to endanger the lives of the citizens. While calling on the general public to disregard comments that can lead to violence in Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole, they also lamented over the increase rate of Kidnapping and killing of innocent people in some part of the country has also led to increase number of widows and orphans, as well as economic hardship in the country.
According to them, as a result of redeployment of heavy security personals along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway, kidnappers/bandits along the rout; have now moved to the Southern part of Kaduna, terrorizing communities in the region, stressing that the menace has forcefully led to people of affected communities to migrate to other safer environment for the safety of their lives.
It also noted that farmers in the affected communities have abandoned their farmlands, saying that this might lead to food crises and increase in manultrition in the region and other parts of the country.
It observed, “The menace also led to massive migration of affected communities within the period to other part of the country.”
They noted that if Nigerians leader lead the citizens peacefully, definatetly peace would be regained in the country as a whole.
The participants observed that the threat by some politicians especially in Northern Nigeria, directing their supporters to reserve their weapons to defend themselves ahead of the 2023 general elections, see it as a big threat to peace and stability of the country. They lamented over the attacks on Secondary Schools in northern Nigeria, especially in the boarding schools, saying that the menace has significantly caused a major set back on educational development in the region and appealed to the states government to provide the security of the students and teachers in both public and private institutions.
They appealed to religious leaders in the country to always preach on the need for peaceful co-existence amongst their followers, so that there would be, saying that they need a conducive environment for all Nigerians.