By Naomi Yakawich
One month after the landmark peace agreement between the Fulanis and Kaninkon natives of Kaduna State brokered by Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria, over one hundred leaders and stakeholders in the One Family under God Campaign gathered for the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Meeting on July 13.
The diverse interfaith leadership represented at the meeting demonstrated steadfast resolve to end the hostilities and reconcile the suffering resulting from a series of ethno-religious killings and counter-killings that ravaged the countryside in 2016. GPF Nigeria has provided ongoing mediation support for the leaders of various religious communities to foster sustainable interreligious peace and cooperation.
Among the leadership was Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga representing the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), who urged the participants to live as brothers and sisters saying, “We must forget the past for a brighter future. We must support peace for development.’’
Other stakeholders at the Kafanchan meeting represented the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the Jema’a Foundation, and local Fulani tribes.
Stakeholders have resolved to support GPF Nigeria in the establishment of a Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee to mitigate further inter-tribal issues and sustain peace in the region.
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