Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district and Candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) for the same position in the forth coming 2019 general elections has floated an Inter-Religious and Ethnic Peace Forum.
The forum is to among others identify the remote causes of continued violence that has bedeviled the country and state and how peace and religious coexistence can be entrenched in Kaduna State and other parts of the country.
The Senator while addressing the round table to launch Kaduna chapter which comprises of both Christian and Muslim clerics said, the membership of the committee and function is not going to be like what used to be in time past.
“This is a round table for Muslims and Christians religious leaders meant to find solution to the religious violence that has bedeviled our state with the view to finding a lasting solution and bring peace to Kaduna State and other troubled states.
“In the last forty years, Kaduna state has been faced with series of violence that have consumed innocent lives property worth billions of naira.
“ This is an initiation by me and to be supported by me hence the round table is aimed at coming up with useful ideas that will help promote peace in the state. This is not a political gathering but an intervention for religious leaders to physically and spiritually help in finding peace.
“ Kaduna town and environs, Zaria, Kafanchan and environs have had its share of crisis, and that is what this initiative is aimed at addressing because Kaduna state occupies an important place in the demography of Nigeria.
“ Today, Kaduna state has been divided on religious grounds with River Kaduna being the dividing line. While the Christians reside in Sabo and Television, the Muslims live in Rigasa andTudun Wada, it has never been so years back.
“After violence comes curfew and normalcy but that does not equals peace, hence this forum when constituted will take the message of peace to the grass roots, identify individuals contributing to peace.
“This initiative will also be launched in other states like Plateau, Benue. Gombe, Niger, Kogi and across other troubled states,” he stressed.