By Achadu Gabriel
Participants at monthly Peace Journalism forum of Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Kaduna state, have lamented increase in acrimony between Christians and Muslims in Kaduna , attributing it to lack of harmonization and intermarriage on both side. The also attributed it to high rate of insecurity in the state.
The participants at the end of the year 2020 Peace journalism meeting also decried what they described as gross insecurity in the country especially on Kaduna -Abuja high way, Plateau, Borno, Katsina, Benue and Nasarawa states among others.
Participants comprising religious leaders, journalists and civilians in a communique issued stayed that condemned the recent abduction of students of GSS Kankara in Katsina state, and observed that the development was a serious blow to the western education, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria.
The communique Signed by: Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Imam Dr. Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, the Co-Executive Directors of the IMC, Kaduna State, stressed that whatever “anyone is doing, the people should put Nigeria first as our number one project.
While some participants attributed the escalation of insecurity in the country to widespread sins committed in the country, they urged people to repent for God to end the insecurity in the country.
Communique described the forum as a sign of coming back to live together Muslims and Christians like in the past years as brothers and sisters.
According to them, government officials contributed in dividing Nigerians so as to apply divide and rule style, saying this has badly affected the country.
They called on authorities in the country to desist from taking side in punishing any law breaker in the society, stressing that no matter highly placed and influential in status or faith punishment should be meted out to offenders according to the law of the land.
They urged the country’s authorities to ensure that they adjust syllables so that Muslims and Christians are made teach and learned CRK and IRK at various schools so as to promote peaceful co-exsistence among the students.
The participants decried the recent attack on the group of northern body by armed thugs at the Arewa House Kaduna, describing the attack as unfortunate as the attack came at a time when issues of insecurity in the region was been discussed.
Lamented over the persistent Farmers and Herders conflict parts of the country and also decried the continued skyrocketing of foodstuffs prices, which they noted has hit to 200 percent within the period.
They noted that some communities in Kaduna state are still living in a segregated form, saying this could affect the peaceful co-existence and the also consequence might affect next generation, adding that until there’s change the attitudes for the better, it remained threat.
They emphasized on the need for living together for peaceful co-exsistence, saying that “there is need for us to leave together and shun this segregation.
“Urged people to desist from using their various religion negatively in order to promote chaos, mischief and evil in the society.
Some of the participants invited from different communities in Kaduna like Barnawa, Mando, Tudun Wada, Sabon Tasha Barakallahu, to reflect various tribes also made their testimonies and lamentation on the effect of living in a segregated communities.