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 programme was organised by Muslim and Christian Youth Movement for Peace in conjunction with Birshi-Miri Concern Citizens Forum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He, however, appealed to the state government to build skill acquisition development centre in the area to keep the youths off the streets.
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