By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A popular Islamic erudite, Dr. Ahmad Gumi, has identified poverty and ignorance as the triggers of the various crises bedeviling Kaduna State.
The Islamic scholar stated this while speaking at the monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism held in Kaduna yesterday.
Dr Gumi identified the crises this include; religious, political, banditary and kidnappings, all which are threats to lives and property.
He explained that if the ‘common man’ gets the deserved government attention via education, and infrastructural development he will be contented and feel carried along.
Shiekh Gumi added that there is no animosity between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria because they have been known as their brother’s keeper.
Similarly, the Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Reverend Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, said faith based groups must always anchor their work on truth, and that will set them apart from other NGOs.
“Truth is bitter, as they say. The danger is to dance around it and think you are making progress, whereas you are just avoiding it. This can only give us false peace as I mentioned earlier.
“Faith based groups must not be afraid of speaking the truth with Christ-like humility and gentleness, no matter how unpalatable it may sound in the ears of those concerned. This will build trust, thereby inspiring confidence in the process of dialogue,” he said.
In her own remarks, Executive Vice Chairman of Kaduna Peace Commission, (KPC), Mrs Priscilla Ankut, said there is an urgent need to carry all the victims of the Southern Kaduna crisis both the Christians and Muslims along to give them hope.
She added that the victims should not be abandoned and stigmatized but must be carried along.
Mrs. Ankut urged Journalists to imbibe the spirit of promoting peaceful coexistence and love among the communities.
“Communities must be engaged in active dialogue as a way of ensuring peaceful coexistence,” she stressed.