By Achadu Gabriel
The need for dialogue among religious clerics, monarch and others to end vengeance in southern kaduna has been stressed by interfaith specialists.
The Nigerian Interfaith specialist and expert on peace and conflict prevention Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani who made observation has called on Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and it’s Muslim counterpart, Jamatu Nasir Islam, JNI, on a round table dialogue.
She called on Trational title holders, Peace Ambassadors, kaduna peace commission, International interfaith mediation center, Global peace foundation and other stake holders on peace building to organize a peace dialogue among all the Christians and Muslims leaders with the aims of tackling the southern kaduna crisis.
According to her, Religious leaders could be critical voices for peace and have the power to help ease tensions between different ethno-religious groups.addding that they have a very important role to play in peace building and stability.
Haj. Tijjani made the statement when she visited Pastor Yohanna Buru resident to appreaciate him on effort to build peace among all the tribes, while stressing that, the peace dialogue would enable all the religious leaders in the region to deliberate to bring out ways to ending the insecurity challenges bedeviling the 8 local government of southern part kaduna,
Ramatu said, “its really high time for both muslims and Christians leaders to sit-down on a peace dialoque round table, so as to enable them diagnose all the problems they are facing in order to find a lasting solutions to the attacks which has a long historical background since 1981.
”The Significance of Inter-religious dialogue for peace among tribes cannot be over emphasized due to the vital role they play in preventing conflict and promoting tolerance, forgive and preach the words of living togetther”, she stated.
She note that the region has about 30 ethnic groups and each and every one of the is very important in promoting peaceful co-existance and religious tolerance.
She pointed that It is only by understanding and respecting each other’s positions that we can hope to reach common ground and work towards a more peaceful world and living together as one family under one God.
In his own contribution to the way forward to end the killing and vengeance attack in the region, pastor Yohanna Buru, the general overseer of Christ evangelical intervessary fellowship ministry sabon tasha, a region from southern part of kaduna,
said , If this Government really want to succeed in dealing with the issues of insecurity in this country, the people in authority and those who are under the authority must return to God with all their hearts and genuinely confess their sins, iniquities and transgressions.
He also stressed the need to involved religious leaders, traditional leaders and the masses themselves when it comes to issue of security.
Because all these classes of people in the society contributed tremendously in the time past in regard to issue of security and everything was going well then.
“if government mean business then these people are paramount when it comes to issue of security.” Buru said,
“We are trying to organize the first meeting between Christians and muslims clerics with the aims of dialoging all issues related to peace stability in the southern part of the state.
He said Both Holy qur’an and Bible condemns killings of innocent soul, he then begs Kaduna citizens to forgive one another to make the state move ahead.
Buru note that the impact of the recent ethno-religious crises in the state that claimed lives and properties was a serious setback to peaceful co-existence in Kaduna and northern Nigeria at large, hence the need for clerics from both religions to preach sermons that foster unity and peaceful co-existence.
He then called for the creation of institutes of comparative studies in the country, saying the institutes would promote better understanding, religious tolerance, and forgiveness, reduce blasphemy tendencies and continuously preach peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians.
Buru appealed to other religious readers to be committed in preaching the world of God, while urged them to equally pray for peace and stability in the country.