By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), a Non-Profit Organisation (NGO), on Thursday called on Nigerians to put aside their differences and unite so as to defeat insecurity bedeviling the country.
Rev. John Hayab, the Country Director of GPF, made call a team on an advocacy visit to religious and traditional lenders and other stakeholders to Niger state.
Global Peace Foundation is an international non-profit organization with a stated mission to promote an innovative, values-based approach to peace building, guided by the vision of one family under God.
Hayab explained that the were in the state to consolidate on the existing relationship between both religion to encourage them to be more United in order defeat insecurity.
“We are in Niger state to contribute our quota by bringing people of diverse interests together to put aside their differences to unite them in order defeat their common enemy which is banditry and kidnapping.
“We are here to tell them that if Christians and Muslims keep fighting each other, it divide us as a country and give the enemy a better field to continue to operate,” he said.
According to him, bandits and other criminals can only continue to cause havoc when they have successfully divided the people.
He said that only a united society can expose criminals hidding among them, adding that a divisive community gives opportunity to criminals to cause havoc.
He disclosed that the foundation would work with youth groups faith leaders, community leaders and other stakeholders to form conversation of peace, unity and togetherness.
Also Sheikh Abdullahi Haliru, Northern Coordinator of GPF, said that the issue of insecurity was not only affecting one religion, therefore the need to come together to tackle the menace.
The team met with Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Council of Muslims Ulama, Police Commissioner, Commissioner for Local Government and Internal Security and traditional lenders.
The stakeholders holders pledged to use their voice as people whose opinions were respected to support the foundation.