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We Will Support Kaduna Communities To Build Lasting Peace – Idowu-Fearon

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Chairman Kaduna State Peace Commission, Most Reverend Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has assured the communities of the commission’s commitment to support them until lasting peace is attained in their areas.

Addressing journalists on peaceful and harmonious co-existence in Kaduna State, Rev. Idowu-Fearon, said he was pleased with the show of commitment to peace among all as the affected council areas and the communities had already constituted a Peace and Reconciliation Committee to address the drivers of the conflicts.

He noted that even though the confrontations are yet to be fully resolved as was recently witnessed in a community in Sanga local government area, efforts are continuing to bring lasting peace and stability in the areas.

Idowu-Fearon, said while efforts were focused on the Southern Senatorial Zone, new areas of violent confrontations surfaced in the Central Senatorial Zone, particularly in Kajuru and parts of Igabi LGA, stressing that the most worrisome is the recurring violent confrontations in Kajuru council area.

While commiserating with the victims, he assured the people of the state that these unfortunate crises would soon be curtailed.

Idowu-Fearon said, “You will recall that the Kaduna State Peace Commission was inaugurated in November 2017, about one and a half years ago. The mandate assigned to the commission was to work with all stakeholders to manage intercommunity relations and ensure peaceful and harmonious coexistence throughout the state. As part of this process, the commission was to establish Local Government Peace Committees in all the 23 LGAs of the state in accordance with the provision of the Law establishing the commission. These LGA committees had already been constituted, ensuring grassroots participation of key stakeholders in the peace process.”

He recalled that when the commission was inaugurated, violent inter communal crisis were prevalent in many communities, particularly in the Southern Senatorial zone, adding that it is gratifying to observe the relative calm, tranquility and gradual return of peace within those areas, particularly in the most conflicts affected LGAs of Jema’a, Kaura, Zangon Kataf and Sanga.

“The challenges of insecurity in many parts of the state are quite worrisome. This is most prevalent in Birnin Gwari LGA as well as many parts of Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kachia, Kajuru, Kagarko and Kauru local governments. We appeal to the people of the state, as well as the security agencies to join hands to address this unfortunate situation of armed robberies, raiding of villages, kidnapping, rustling of cattle and other forms of rural crimes,” he said.

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