Kaduna (Nigeria) — In an attempt to further build trust and enhance peaceful coexistence between Fulani herdsmen and people of Godogodo in Jama’a and Sanga Local Government Areas of Kaduna state in North-western Nigeria, Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN), on Tuesday took its campaign message of “One Family Under God” to residents of the areas.
Addressing representatives of the various groups at the Palace of Etum Numana in Gwantu, the Northern Co-coordinators of GPFN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab and Sheikh Halliru Abdullahi Maraya consoled with the chiefdom and those that lost their loved ones during the unfortunate crisis in the area.
A statement by GPFN Media and Communications Officer Richard Pius Garba, explained that the purpose of the visit was to assist in building bridges of peace and also remind the people that they are members of one family in the eyes of God, hence, the need to imbibe brotherly love and be tolerant of one another.
According to the Co-coordinators, since the Holy Bible and Quran teach that Adam and Eve are the first human creatures on earth, it therefore means that we all come from one ancestral parent irrespective of our religious differences.
They implore the people to always seek for ways of dialogue in resolving issues rather than taking the laws into their hands, the consequences of which will be detrimental to societal growth.
Responding at his palace in Gwantu, the Etum Numana II, Mallam Gambo Makama, commended GPFN for championing the cause of peaceful coexistence through its “One Family Under God” Campaign, noting that peace remains the yardstick for any societal growth.
He pointed out that, peace is gradually returning to the area and advice the youth in the area to shun all evil acts, be more vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security agencies.
Also commenting when the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria team visited his palace in Godogodo, the Chief of the area, Iliya Ajiya Antang opined that what has happened in the community was strange and unfortunate, considering the peaceful nature of the area. He commended the foresight of the Foundation for coming to identify with them and also encourage the people to be their brother’s keepers.
Residents of the area including the Interim management committee chairman of Sanga Local government area, Mr. Nuhu Audu Ajiyana stressed that peace remains a necessity and worth embracing by all and pledged to join hands towards restoring lasting peace in their areas.