As Group Deepens Peace Campaign In Kaduna, Nigerians Urge To Be Tolerant 



By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Chief Superintendent of Narcotics, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Birnin-Gwari Area Command, Mr. Ishaku Habu has urged Nigerians to be tolerant of one another, saying without peace no nation can make any meaningful development.

Habu who gave the charge during the 9th Session of a peace campaign tagged: “United In Diversity” program of a group, Generations for Peace, (GFP), in Kaduna, said nobody is an island to himself, hence, the need for Nigerians to accept one another, live together in peace and harmony as this is the only way development could be achieved in our society.

He commended GFP for the laudable initiative as it has afforded citizens the opportunity to discuss some of the root causes of crises in the state, and proffer solutions for government to also help in curbing them.

His words: “Some of us at the event have not known each other before, but today we’ve become friends and discussed with open minds.  I believe as we depart from here we will carry on the message of peace and the efforts government is putting to address the issues to our family, community members and friends.”

Fielding questions from newsmen during the Community Engagement activities, the GFP Nigeria, Kaduna office Administrative Officer, Ms Jelilat Abidoye said the activity is the fourth community engagement of the United in Diversity program this year.

Traditional leaders at the event.

She said the purpose of the event was to give opportunity to other community members who are not Participants, to participate and make their contributions, inputs, and provide support for the activities to be carried out by Participants towards bringing about peace.

Abidoye said: “In this particular event, we have 20 persons who are stakeholders from the. traditional and religious leaders, security establishments, Ministries, Departments, Agencies and representatives of NGOs, CSOs, and the media.”

A traditional leader who represented the Igala ethnic group in Gbagi Chiefdom, Kaduna south, Chief Peter Itodo, commended GFP for the peace initiative.

The royal father expressed utmost satisfaction that the involvement of traditional and religious institutions was strategic and would go a long way in contributing to reducing incidents of crises in the community. 
Corroborating Chief Itodo’s view, other stakeholders who spoke to Daily News Precise said the involvement of traditional and religious leaders in the state to tap from their wealth of experience is very important as they are the life wire of the communities.
Cross section of Participants, Community members and others during activity session at the event.
The 9th Session of the peace campaign engaged different stakeholders including; religious and traditional leaders from Igala and Igbo ethnic groups, Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, (NCDC), Nigeria Police, NDLEA, among others; to contribute and provide support to the message of peace to grassroots for a better society.


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