About 200 Southern Kaduna StakeholdersÂ who are members ofÂ the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation CommitteeÂ working withÂ the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) NigeriaÂ for peace in Southern KadunaÂ held a Dialogue Forum with Security Agencies on May 10 inÂ Kafanchan.
The forum brought together for an interactive session heads of the various Security Agencies in the region including the Police, Army, Civil Defense and the Department of State Security with the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee General Assembly members which has representation from various Tribes, Chiefdoms, Communities,Â Organisations, and other Stakeholder groups.
Responding to questions from journalists, Country Director for Global Peace Foundation Nigeria, John Oko explained that:Â “In the course of ourÂ work andÂ interactions with various communities, they expressed a serious lack of confidence in the Security Agencies’ abilities to offer justice on manyÂ occasions. The forum was therefore aimed at serving as a confidence-buildingÂ mechanism through the interactive session between the communities and the Security Agencies.”
While urging the people of Southern Kaduna to continue toÂ live andÂ work together despite their religious, ethnic, tribal, and other differencesÂ for the peace and development of the region, Oko encouraged the Security Agencies to hold regular dialogue sessions at the various local communities to foster greater confidence and trust. He reiterated hisÂ organisationâ€™sÂ commitment to continue to work with theÂ Peace and ReconciliationÂ Committee in the peacebuilding process until lasting peace returns to Southern Kaduna.
Earlier in their welcome remarks, Co-coordinators of GPF in Northern Nigeria, SheikhÂ HalliruÂ AbdullahiÂ Maray
They thanked the security agencies for discharging their responsibilities promptly andÂ the cooperation extended by residents to achieve desired peace.Â The Clerics also commended the relentless efforts of the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee members, assuring that â€œat the end of the tunnel, we shall certainly see lightâ€.
In his opening remarks, Barr. Solomon Musa, President of SOKAPU and Chairman of the Southern Kaduna Peace and Reconciliation Committee urged leaders at various levels to be mindful of their utterances to avoid making statements that can incite violence among their followers. While thanking the Security Agencies for their commitment to duty and sacrifices, he challenged them to ensure that they always carry out their duties with fairnessÂ toÂ win the confidence of the communities they serve.
Also speaking,Â AlhajiÂ HarunaÂ Tugga, Kaduna State Chairman ofÂ MiyettiÂ Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and Vice Chairman of the Committee stressed that people should always support the Security Agencies by providing them with useful information that could aid their operation. He urged everyone to treat each other as members of one family under God irrespective of our differences.
In her remarks,Â HajiyaÂ KhadijaÂ Hawaja
Various stakeholders who spoke during the interactive session asked questions, expressed concerns and made recommendations to the Security Agencies who then addressed the issues. They reiterated their commitment to continue to workÂ impartially andÂ announced contact phone numbers that can be used to give information to the various Security Agencies.