Worried by the recurring attacks and counter attacks leading to killings in Southern Kaduna, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) Tuesday convened a peace parley between relevant stakeholders including religious and traditional leaders from the region with the view to finding a lasting solution.
The peace parley tagged “Southern Kaduna dialogue and peace initiative” which held at the Kagarko local government secretariat had in attendance stakeholders from various chiefdoms from the local governments from the Southern Kaduna Senatorial district, religious and traditional leaders, and the Meyetti Allah members.
In an overview of the essence of the peace initiative, spokesperson of the CNG Suleiman Abdul-Azeez said the meeting was not for apportioning blames as to who did what, when and why but to rob minds on way forward towards ensuring a stop to the killings and how to promote peaceful coexistence among all in the region.
The Chairman board of trustees of CNG, Nastura Ashir Sheriff while responding to all the suggestions by various speakers, commended all for speaking their minds on the way forward, just as he further expressed the concerns and worries of the CNG on the continued killings in the area.
He urged all to let go the past, embrace peace and shun all forms of animosity, hatred and mutual suspicion among each other.
At the end of the peace parley that lasted over three hours, leaders of all the ethnic and religious groups agreed that the violence and killings is uncalled for, unnecessary and counterproductive.
It was observed that major issues a to be addressed as a way forward include, unemployment and indiscipline, manipulation of narratives and facts, lack of political will among leaders, impatience and intolerance and influx of foreigners.
The peace parley concluded that CNG and leaders of the communities delegations should form a committee that would further articulate the observed problems for discussion at an expanded for a in Kaduna to involve all relevant organs of government, traditional and religious institutions.
All community representatives agreed on the necessity of relaying the discussions at the meeting back home and to encourage their communities to cease hostility and have faith in the peace process initiated by the CNG.
The meeting also had in attendance council Chairman of Kagarko local government Hon. Nasara Rabo im whose council hall the meeting took place, former Chairmen of Kauru and Kachia local government, Hon. Paul Wali and Hon. Habila Alkali respectively, the Special Assistant to the governor on Economic Matters Hon. Adamu Abubakar among several others.