Group Blames Muslims, Christians For Lingering Crisis In Kaduna

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A group, African Initiative for Peace Building Advocacy and Advancement (Afripeace) has said the lack of cohabitation between Muslims and Christians as largely responsible for the persistent crises in Kaduna State.

The group made the assertion in Kaduna yesterday during the training of relevant stakeholders in the State on inclusive community-led reconciliation and conflict recovery, adding that the situation also makes it difficult for conflict resolution in the State.

In the same vein, Afripeace noted that a situation whereby the two religions faithful respectively dominated one area as settlement because of ethno-religious differences contributed to rising cases of conflicts in the State.

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Fielding questions from newsmen, the organisation’s focal person in the state, Mr Odita Luka, said, “Kaduna State has been polarised along religious and ethnic lines, and the situation has made reconciliation very difficult.”

Luka said, “Reconciliation and peaceful coexistence is achievable if we residents find common ground in their humanity and values.

“It is expected that the participants at this training would mobilise their fellow community members and find common ground for reconciliation, recovery and peace building.”

Also speaking, assistant programme officer, Mr Rossi Paul, explained at the opening of the event that the training was designed to provide stakeholders with the needed skills to manage conflicts in communities.

The resource person, Rev. Bitrus Dangiwa from the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) Kaduna, said that conflict was inevitable, adding that it could be managed if community members have the capacity to recover from conflict, reconcile and live peacefully with one another.

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