Co-Cordinator of the Organisation, Sheikh Halliru Maraya while addressing the gathering at Unguwan Fari, Kaninkon yesterday said the meeting was aimed at creating an opened conversation between members of the Community and Security agencies on ways to guard against breach of law and order.
“This meeting would also create an open conversation that would map out action plan on how to improve communication between security apparatus and members of the community,” he said.
Sheik Maraya said the meeting is the continuation of the organization campaign of “One Family Under God,” Where the people are encouraged to accept ,embrace and accommodated people from both the Christmas Muslim faiths and all tribes as members of the human esteemed family.
It will be recalled that on the eve of christmas some years ago,unidentify gun men attacked and killed 16 people at Goska in kaninkon chiefdom which lead to increase of tension and violence.The need therefore to prevent the reoccurrence of any attack on the community this Christmas and for consolidation of the peace process that has been achieved.
“We can not afford a repetition of yet another incidence of loss of lives and property, a such, we intend to establish synergy between the security agencies deployed to the area on how we can work together and provide useful information that would further consolidate peaceful coexistence,” he said.
The Clergy said the Community owed gratitude to God for the relative peace it was enjoying, adding, “there was a time our people could not freely go to their farms but the situation is no longer the same”.
Also, Rev. Joseph Hayab, Co-Cordinator of the Organisation and Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State who said the Program was supported by Robert Bosch Foundation, stressed on the need for members of the community to build some level of trust on security agencies.
“It is our hope that this avenue would provide communication link that would build trust and confidence so that ugly incidences of attacks would be averted.
Rev. Hayab noted that the government would be incapacitated to executing meaningful projects in crisis-stricken areas and urged the people to have confidence in the security agencies and government especially in its efforts towards protection of lives and property.
A crosssection of residents of the Community in their respective contributions stressed the need for security agents to checkmate incidences of alleged pastoralists farmland incursion and the need to prosecute culprits found wanting.
The meeting had in attendance representatives of; the Christian and Muslim communities, Security agents, Traditional leaders, Youth and Women Groups including the Fulani community.
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