Stakeholders and Professionals in the area of peace and conflict resolutions have said that dialogue with parties involved in the crisis that has bedeviled the southern part of Kaduna State and other parts of the country is yielding positive results.
According to them, some of the affected communities are now beginning to trust one another and willing to live as one big family as peace is gradually returning back to the troubled area after constantly engaging most of the affected communities in dialogue.
This was the thrust at the end of Stakeholders meeting aimed at bridging the gap between communities in Southern Kaduna organized by the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme in collaboration with Development Peace Initiative.
Speakers at the event noted that ethnicity and religion are deeply rooted in our way of life so much that some kill in the name of ethnicity and religion, calling on authorities concerned to do more in creating awareness on peaceful co-existence. They also called on all aggrieved parties to sheath their sword, embrace one another and give peace a chance as without peace no community will develop.
Earlier, Moderator of the event, Emmanuel Tagwai said that the training was organized to build and enhance participants’ skills to adequately and continuously foster community peace building by analyzing and mediate conflicts and report security issues to authorities concerned.
The Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme in collaboration with Development Peace Initiative, who are the organizers, said the peace programme was conducted in all communities affected by one crisis or the other.