By; Benedict Sunday, Kaduna.
Goska, Ambam, Bakin Kogi and Dangoma communities of
Jama’a Local Government Area in the Southern part of
Kaduna State have agreed to put aside their past and unite
towards fighting a common enemy.
The resolution was reached when a Non-Governmental
Organization, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria
brokered a peace and reconciliation meeting with leaders of the four communities held at the Nomadic Primary
school Dangoma yesterday.
According to the Media and communication officer of the
foundation, Mr Richard Pius Garba, the meeting had in
attendance over 70 representatives of Community
Development Associations, Traditional Rulers and Youth Leaders in the area.
Speaking at the meeting, the District Head of Ambam, Mr
Hosea David Dodo commended the four communities for
agreeing to come to a round table to dialogue despite recent
happenings that led to the loss of lives and properties and urged other communities experiencing attacks to follow suit.
He appreciated the efforts put in by the GPF Nigeria to make the meeting a success and appealed to other well meaning
organizations to join the campaign of peace for improved
The Country Director, GPF Nigeria, John Oko lamented the spate of killings in Southern Kaduna pointing out that no
amount of violence can solve the problem of a community, rather it destroys, thereby leaving a negative history for the
He expressed the commitment of the Foundation to continue to broker peace amongst all affected communities through its ‘One Family Under God’ Campaign and called for maximum support and cooperation from leaders and
members of the communities.
Earlier, the two Northern Co- coordinators of GPF Nigeria, Rev. John Joseph Hayab and Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya drew the attention of the people to the importance of recognising that as human beings we all belong to one ancestral parents of Adam and Eve, which makes us
brothers and sisters in the eyes of God the creator.
They advised the people to always seek to address their
problems through dialogue instead of resorting to violence
which may not be the solution to their problems.
The Northern Co-coordinators also appealed to the people to
avoid shifting blames and spreading rumours all in the
name of giving a “dog” a bad name as well as to ensure they
adhere to the tenets of their religions for lasting peace.
Also commenting, the District Head of Goska and the
representative of his counterpart in Dangoma Moses Barde and Alhassan Saidu respectively said the people have now realised that those perpetrating the attacks are only enemies of development and the friendship existing between the communities hence, their resolve to join hands to prevent further attacks in their communities.
Various speakers at the meeting emphasized that they had lived for decades with their neighbours without experiencing
any crisis and wondered where the enemy is coming from to
create disaffection amongst them and expressed their desire to dialogue to achieve success.