Teryim Andrew, Jos
Religious leaders and Community leaders in conjunction with the Army Special Task Force drafted to four troubled local government areas in Southern Kaduna met on Saturday in Kafanchan, Jama’a local government area of Kaduna state to faction out ways in which to end the persistent loss of lives in the area.
They agreed on the need to mop up illegal arms among citizens.
The peace parley according to organizers is aimed at preventing and possibly ends the ongoing civil unrest in southern Kaduna state.
Chief convener of the peace parley, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam, in an address, appeal for peace, said if peace must be achieved, justice must prevail. “Without justice, there can be no peace. We must sought for ways to end this senseless killings.”
The clergy told the gathering that there is need to prevent further attacks, he however said government alone cannot provide peace, until the citizens are willing to coexist peacefully.
Speaking on the 20 million naira bail condition giving to a Kaduna based Journalist, Mr. Luka Binniyat to be released from detention, Rev Para-Mallam said the bail conditions was too stringent, and appeal for his release unconditionally.
He however urge government at all levels to wake up to it primary responsibilities of protecting lives and property of citizens.
Commenting on the closure of three major tertiary institutions within southern Kaduna state due to the ongoing unrest, the clergy said the decision of Kaduna state government to close the schools was uncalled for.
It was learnt that Kaduna state government had November last year shut down a government owned school of Nursing, college of education and the Kaduna state university, all located within southern Kaduna state.
Addressing the gathering, commander of the Special task on Jos crisis, (STF), Maj. Gen Rogers Nicholas, who have recently been giving additional responsible to watch over four prone insecurity local council areas of southern Kaduna due to the protracted crisis, assured that his men will deal ruthlessly to any trouble maker cut.
Maj Gen Nicholas said the special taskforce will soon embark on arm moping within their jurisdiction.
“We have been mandated to bring peace in four local government council areas of southern Kaduna, and we have commenced operations, by so doing, we have mounted checkpoints in all flaspoints to mop up illegal arms in the hands of civilians.”
The STF commander warned headsmen not to grassed cattle on farms, he equally instructed farmers not to blocks cattle routes for the sake of peace.
On his part, the Agwam Bajju, HRH Nuhu Bature, the traditional ruler of Bajju, one of the major ethnic group in southern Kaduna, appeal for calm, and call on his subjects to respect human dignity and stop the killings.
Speaking separately in their remarks, deputy chief Iman of Kafanchan Alhaji Mammi Kashim, who is also the co-convener, of the event and the Bishop of Anglican church Markus Dogo, said the entire southern Kaduna state desire total peace for socioeconomic and development to strive in the localities.
Citizens were warned not to take laws into their hands.
The parley was tag “peaceful coexistence, conflict prevention and building structures for sustainable peace.”
480 people attended the meeting, from religious organizations, heads of ethnic groups, religious leaders, political office holders, security operatives and other citizens attended the parley, and all sue for peace.