The Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) has requested the President’s intervention in the ongoing violence eruption in Plateau and Kaduna states.
The (IDFP) Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace has requested the involvement and intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari to bring the criminals to book and put a stop to the violence and killing of Nigerians in various parts of the country, especially Benue, Plateau,
Co-chairmen of the IDFP Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sani and Bishop Sunday Onuoha, while Addressing the media after their advocacy visits to the five States, beckoned on “President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai and relevant security agencies to quickly put a stop to the crises that have engulfed Kaduna State.”
They further called on the inhabitants of the State to perceive the current curfew as an inconvenient necessity to end the prevailing insecurity and the actions agents of destruction.
The IDFP called on critical stakeholders and the State Governors to hearken to the cries of the citizens in order to ensure better and more humane conditions of living for the people after its recently concluded visits to the States,
The forum learned that in Zamfara, the activities of cattle rustlers as well as other criminals engaged in thefts, kidnapping and armed robberies are the obvious obstructions to peace in the State.
They further observed that the involvement of the local vigilante called the ‘Yan Sakai’ is another major contributor to the violent crimes ripping across the State.
Conversely, the interfaith group while in Benue discovered that what could be termed “resource struggle” between herders and farmers, was responsible for the lack of peace.
It is important to note that both the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have dismissed the crisis as being religious. Stakeholders insisted, according to IDFP’s finding, that Government must work fast to “economically empower the people through job creation.
In Plateau, it was brought to the knowledge of the Forum that the incessant clashes between farmers and herders were gradually becoming a threat to peace and the efforts of the peace-loving inhabitants of the State.
A call was made to both the Government and international community to intervene by improving and increasing
security and providing financial aids to alleviate the suffering of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
The Forum met with a sorry and saddening sight in Taraba where the living conditions at the IDP camps had greatly deteriorated and called on the Nigerian Government and the international community, especially donor agencies, to assist in improving the pitiable conditions of the victims.
Founded in 2016 and supported by the Vienna-based King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, The IDFP aligns with the popularly known KAICIID Dialogue Centre, an international organization that trains peace builders globally and supports dialogue platforms.