Thursday, 22 August 2013

Arewa determined to restore peace in Kaduna – Chairman


The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Thursday renewed its resolve to restore sustainable peace in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, made the pledge while on advocacy visit to traditional rulers in the area.

Mohammed said the forum was determined to ensure peaceful co-existence in Southern Kaduna and the state at large.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he spoke at the palaces of the Agwam Bajju, Agwam Tyap and the Kpop Ham in Zango Kataf and Jaba local government areas.

The chairman reminded them that as custodians of culture and traditions, the rulers played an important role as part of the machinery for ensuring communal harmony and peaceful co-existence.

“This is one of the reasons why ACF had deemed it absolutely necessary to undertake this courtesy call on our traditional institutions in Southern Kaduna senatorial district of Kaduna state,’’ he said.

He further explained that the visit would avail ACF the opportunity to pave way for future dialogue and exchange of ideas on sensitive issues affecting the northern states.

“ACF always enjoins northerners to recognise the need for action to find effective ways of harnessing human and natural resources for the development and benefit of our people,’’ he added.

Mohammed regretted that the north had witnessed more than its fair share of unpleasant ethnic and religious violence, and appealed to the royal fathers and the different communities to return to the “old ways.”

“Nowhere in the world has violence ever been found to result in peace and progress, as such our northern communities cannot be an exception,’’ he stressed.

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