SOUTHERN KADUNA CRISIS: NGO BROKERS RECONCILIATION AMONGST 4 COMMUNITIES

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 this Wednesday 8th February 2017.
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 socio-economic growth. 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 community.
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, 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 this Wednesday 8th February 2017.
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 socio-economic growth.
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 community. 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 recognizing 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 rumors 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 realized 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 among st them and expressed their desire to dialogue to achieve success. and Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya drew the attention of the people to the importance of recognizing 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 rumors 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 realized 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 neighbors without experiencing any crisis and wondered where the enemy is coming from to create disaffection among st them and expressed their desire to dialogue to achieve success.

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