Watching on the killings and wanton destruction of lives and property due to the activities of alleged bandits, herdsmen and indigenes in Southern Kaduna, the Interfaith Mediation Centre, (IMC), Kaduna has pleaded with each party to sheathe their swords and forgive one another.
In a report that was jointly signed by its Co-Directors; Pastor James Wuye, and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, and made available on Friday, the group called on
Nigerians to join the community of Champions for Change to bring to a halt the violence and colossal destruction in the affected communities.
The group said it is ever ready to support any move that will bring about the desired peace in Southern Kaduna and the entire State.
The report further appealed to citizens within the southern region of the State and other communities within the state, to serve as peace ambassadors in promoting dialogue and eschew bitterness and hate speeches.
The statement also called on all relevant government agencies at all levels to intensify efforts in bringing these killings to an end.
The statement added that, “The Community Peace Action Network, (CPAN) of the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Kaduna has followed with heavy concern on the recent chronicles in Southern Kaduna leading to widespread killings and maiming of innocent persons including women and children as well as destruction of possession.
“Reports of these horrible attacks on innocent citizens is really worrisome, a situation that is still ravaging communities in form of attacks as; land related disputes, banditry, kidnapping, crop and livestock farmers clash, ethnic and religious conflict/extremism, has become the center stage in southern Kaduna and other locations within the State.
“We appreciate the efforts and commitment and dedication of Nigerians that have joined their voices to speak against the ugly incidences by their actions to ensure that peace prevail in that region and the country at large.,” the statement said.