Within the week there was a statement going round within Kaduna State and the nation at large by a group ‘Akwat Akwop’, who in their statement gave one week ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to leave the whole of Southern Kaduna or face spontaneous attacks by the militant sect of the said organization who were presented as Christian militias. the group said they are angry by the attacks carried in the area by the fulani hesdmen that have claim the lives of many in the area
Christianity did not in any way harbours killings, sheer wickedness and other nefarious activities of mankind.
As Special Adviser, Christian Matters to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, I find it imperative to categorically state that violence will not yield resolution and not a panacea for peace and development of Kaduna State.
The group should as a matter of fact compliment government initiative of setting up Kaduna State Peace and Reconciliation Committee. The formation of the committee is principally to bring about reconciliation, forgiveness and understanding.
i want to call on the fulani to expose thos carrying the attacks. Those peddling violence, rancour and division should note that there is nothing to be gained from incessant killings and violence, but there is abundant of development and unity out of peaceful coexistence and stability.
We are by this gesture appealing to the group to embrace dialogue and reconsider their stand, peace it must be reiterate is the panacea to all human demands and aspirations. They should embrace dialogue and boycott vengeance and all forms of instability.
Finally, we are also appealing to all Fulani herdsmen to remain calm, and that adequate security measures have been put in place by security agencies to guarantee security of lives and properties throughout the area.
They should as well compliment government gesture in the effort of achieving peace and understanding, not only in Southern Kaduna but entirety of Kaduna State.
Rev. Joseph John HAYAB
Special Adviser (Christian Matters)