Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), with support from Search for Common Ground, an organization working to end conflict around the world and attain a global peace has initiated peace intervention program that will bring peace among the conflict communities in the North Central Nigeria.
The peace initiative is Inter-Community Dialogue taking place in some identified communities in Plateau, Kaduna and Bauchi states using locally led conflict response mechanism.
As part of implementing the initiative, Inter-Community Dialogue was held in Kagoro and Kaura (Hausa/Fulani) communities at the Conference Hall, Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) Secretariat Kaduna State on the 25th October 2015.
Traditional/Community leaders, Religious leaders, Women & Youth leaders, Vigilante groups, Farmers, Herdsmen attended the dialogue.
The main objective of the peace initiative was to build the community capacity on peace and conflict resolution, Mr. Akin said.
The boundary dispute between Tahoss and Kwakwi communities in Riyom LGA, Plateau State that has been in existence for years was seen to have been addressed at the peace dialogue held at TN Resorts, Riyom on the 28th October 2016.
As part of the peace initiative, Peace Reconciliation and Trust Building Forum was held at the Conference Hall Teachers’ House, Bokkos LGA on the 29th October 2016.
This was targeted to encourage peaceful coexistence, reconciliation and to build trust among the various ethnic and religious groups, particularly on the recent violence that led to killing traditional rulers, Saf Fakkos, Saf Manguna and the paramount ruler Saf Ron Kulere who was murdered with his family members.
The community dialogue found that clashes between the Fulani herdsmen, farmers and drug abuse among the youth are some of the core triggers of violence among communities.
Mr. Mathias Shemang, the Chairman, Kaura LGA, agreed to coordinate the process of bringing all the leaders of the farmers and herdsmen in the local government to a round-table discussion, and that will ensure farmers and herdsmen sign a peace pact on how to live together.