VIOLENT ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA: Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) condemns killing, call for peaceful coexistence in affected communities and else where.

Imam Muhammad Ashafa & Pastor James Wuye

PRESS RELEASE BY THE INTERFAITH MEDIATION CENTRE, (IMC)

KADUNA STATE ON VIOLENT ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN KADUNA

18th JUNE, 2020

The Community Peace Action Network (CPAN) of the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Kaduna has followed with heavy concern on the recent chronicles in Southern Kaduna leading to wide spread killings and maiming of innocent persons including women and children as well as destruction of possession. Reports of these horrible attacks on innocent citizens is really worrisome, a situation that is still ravaging communities in form of attacks as; land related disputes, banditry, kidnapping, crop and livestock farmers clash, ethnic and religious conflict/extremism, has become the center stage in southern Kaduna and other locations within the State.

Our Centre disturbed by the raging attacks, killings, and inhuman abuse of the right to live is a source of concern hence as a faith based organization, that believes in the cardinal doctrines of our faith, which does not accept and condemns killing of innocent life’s and which has no basis in our faith tradition. Our Centre as part of our commitment to foster peaceful coexistence among the people and using this platform and appealing to all Nigerians to join the Community of Champions for Change to bring to a stop the violence and colossal destruction in the affected communities. We also appreciate the efforts and commitment and dedication of Nigerian’s that have join their voice to speak against the ugly incidences by their actions to ensure that peace prevail with that region and the country at large.  

The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) is ever ready to support any move that will bring about the desired peace in Southern Kaduna and in the entire State. We are appealing to the citizens within the southern region of the State and other communities; and other part of the country to serve as ambassadors that promotes dialogue and to eschew bitterness and hate speeches; which has the potency to fan the embers of mass atrocities by safeguarding human security and peaceful coexistence and to end the spate of violence in the State and the country in General.

The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) wish to call on all relevant government agencies at all levels to intensify efforts in bringing these killings to an end, with pragmatic framework to end this barbaric mentality in Kaduna State and around the country. As a country that professes belief in God, we are calling on the government, seeing the happenings, that has triggered some groups on blame game concerning the attacks and wanton killings.

We are calling to the government and all relevant agencies and stakeholders to ensure by safeguarding the lives and property of the people, while making frantic efforts to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the attacks and violence with the view to address the upheavals by providing a lasting solution and bringing the culprits to face the wrath of the law.

We are using this medium to commend the efforts of notable faith based organizations/institutions, traditional and community leaders, media organizations, the Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government in making sure that they bring to an end the violent attacks and insecurity in the southern part of the State and other localities in the State in order to mitigate and bring to an end the suffering of the people. We are appealing for more efforts in response to early indicators of information reported so that effective response will be effected by the relevant security agencies in restoring the culture of peace, respect for rule of law and in all regions with the southern part of the State and in other communities and the country as a whole.

We are also appealing for security measures to be put in strategic areas at the local government and State level to ensure that livestocks and crop farmers are protected from attackers as the farming season is in the fore, while also appealing for local community dialogues and community policing to be organized by community members in line to protect the lives of the vulnerable members of community.

In conclusion we are praying to those affected and who have loss their loved ones and means of livelihood; by calling on all persons to support the affected person as well as the government to help in alleviate the suffering of the people in the State. We also want to call on the perpetrators to seek God forgiveness in order to amend their ways; so as to become a better leaf, that fosters on genuine repentance and forgiveness.

Thank you.

Signed:

Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye

Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa

Co-Executive Directors

18th June 2020

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