Co-chairman of House of Kaduna Family, a peace initiative group, Apostle Emmanuel Nuhu Kure, has called on traditional rulers and other stakeholders in southern Kaduna to bury their differences and work together toward achieving lasting security and peace in the region.
Apostle Kure made the call while addressing senior traditional rulers, community leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Kafanchan during a consultative meeting.
He explained that members of House of Kaduna were visiting southern Kaduna with a view to getting first-hand information on the on-going conflicts, crises and insecurity in the region so that they can effectively play a constructive role in bringing about peace.
According to him, the information members gather in the course of their interface will enable them recommend effective and practical measures to the state government for better policy enunciation that would hopefully lead to the containment of insecurity and criminality and achieving peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
Expressing appreciation for the cooperation of the traditional rulers and other stakeholders, Apostle Kure observed that the insecurity and conflicts in the region had assumed an international dimension which was not good for the state.
Both Apostle Kure and Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, who is the co-chairman representing the Islamic faith in the House of Kaduna Family, explained that members would explore all avenues to ensure they did not fail the people of Kaduna State.
The co-chairmen added that they accepted membership of the Kaduna Family because they wanted to contribute their quota in securing peace and security in the state, adding that those who hide under the guise of religion to perpetrate crime and ignite conflicts do so under ignorance because no religion preached or encouraged killings.
“History is knocking at our door steps to see what we can achieve for the state,” they said, adding that, “we cannot afford to fail. We are people of religion, people of God. So we shouldn’t fail.”
Members of House of Kaduna Family were on a fact-finding mission in the region and visited internally displaced persons’ camps at Zonkwa and Kurmin Masara. Other members include Bishop Buba Lamido, Bishop Timothy Yahaya, Rev. Prof. Moses Audi, Rev. Ishaya Adamu Jandogo, Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi, Rev. Barnabas Dodo, Bishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso, Bishop Sunday Oga Idoko, Rev. Dr. Olatunbosun and Shola James.
Others are Sheikh Abdulkareem Hashim, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, Malam Muhammadu Kabir Alkasim, Mallam Tahir Baba Ibrahim, Mallam Yusuf Yakubu Alrigasiyyu, Sheikh Hamza Muhammad Lawal and Tukur Adam Almanna. Dr. Muhammadu Suleiman, Alhaji Mohammed Maruf Raji and Alhaji Sheriff Olutusin.
Hajiya Fadila Musa and Agatha Asabe Soge are representing Muslim and Christian women in the House.