In Nigeria, several states are in disarray from bandit attacks, kidnapping, and religious violence. Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Nigeria Director Rev. John Joseph organized a stakeholders peace summit in Zamfara state to build cooperation and trust among diverse groups to enhance religious tolerance and create peaceful coexistence. As one of the stakeholders at the summit, Zamfara State Traditional Council supported GPF Nigeria’s commitment to bring the Muslim and Christian communities together to live peacefully. On the first day of the summit, the Chairman of the Zamfara State Traditional Council and the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmed, shared that they were always ready to support any move that brought peace and development to the society.
The following is an excerpt from “The Sun: News Online:”
The Emir called on the people of the state to continue to pray for Allah's intervention to rid the state of banditry.
The Country Director of the Foundation, Rev. Joseph John Hayab said it is only when there is mutual understanding between Muslims and Christians that most religious crises will be averted.
Hayab said the stakeholder's meeting was organized to strengthen existing peace and to build community peace structures to deepen reconciliation and peace in the state and across the country.
He described those taking part in banditry, kidnapping, and other crimes affecting the country, especially in the North West region as bad people who don’t understand the teachings of the faith either Muslim or Christian as none of the two religions support the spilling of innocent blood.
“It is the right time to promote peace, unity and avoid unnecessary differences and hatred, and the global peace foundation is working with stakeholders to ensure everyone respect each other,” he said.