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Bauchi Communities Celebrate 6 Years Of Peaceful Co-Existence

| December 30, 2013 More

The diverse ethnic and multi-religious communities of Yelwa, Kagadama, Gwallameji and Lushi of Birshi-Miri District, Bauchi, Bauchi state on Saturday celebrated six years of living together in peaceful co-existence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme was organised by Muslim and Christian Youth Movement for Peace in conjunction with Birshi-Miri Concern Citizens Forum.

NAN reports that the communities are home to diverse ethnic groups in the country, the Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Idoma, Fulani, Seyawa, Jarawa and Ninzom, among others and from different religious backgrounds.

In his speech, Mr Yusuf Kumsu, the Chairman organising committee of the programme, explained that the event was organised to celebrate six years of peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups in the communities.

Kumsu said that since the religious incident of December 2007 that led to loss of lives and destruction of property in the state, the people had learned to live together peacefully through dialogue and consultations.

He, however, commended the state government for setting up a reconstruction committee which swiftly reconstructed houses, worship centres and other places affected by the crisis.

“Today we are celebrating six years of peace, being the efforts of the people oriented government, whose primary concern was to protect the lives and property of everyone in the state,” he said.

The state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda expressed joy for the lasting peace being enjoyed in the state in spite of the current security challenges affecting the neighbouring states.

Yuguda commended the organisers of the event as well as religious and community leaders for the wonderful initiative.

He described the efforts as crucial to the quest for lasting peace in the state and called on other communities to emulate the communities.

The governor said that the state with 55 ethnic groups through various inter-ethnic and religion forum had learned to live peacefully with one another so as to move the state forward.

“Without peace, no nation will move forward. Therefore, we will continue to ensure that the existing peace in the state is sustained for any meaningful development to thrive,’’ he said.

Also speaking, Alhaji Salisu Barau, the Commissioner for Inter-Religious Affairs, said that the event was a justification for creating the ministry with the main task of ensuring unity among the different religious group in the state.

He said that the ministry had so far received 15 invitations from international communities’ seeking to understand the state’s “miracle’’ in peace building due to the efforts of the governor in maintaining peace.

Similarly, Malam Muhammad Bako, the Chief Imam, Yelwa Central Mosque said that the communities experienced six years of peace because they agreed to do away with hostility and embraced peace.

Represented by Ahmed Shamsuddeen, the Liman of Habu Mosque, Kagadama, Bako said that no religion preaches violence.

“We have embraced peace and agreed to live with one another irrespective of our differences because we can never move forward if we continue to kill one another in the name of religion.

“Without peace, even the practice of religion will become impossible,” he said.

Rev. Lawi Pokti, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), assured the governor of the communities’ determination to maintain the lasting peace in the area.

Pokti was represented by Rev. Ambiudu Audu, the Yelwa Zonal Chairman of the association.

He, however, appealed to the state government to build skill acquisition development centre in the area to keep the youths off the streets. (NAN)



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