From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Worried by the continued killings across the country, Muslim and Christian women have held prayer sessions seeking the face and intervention of God over the killings.
The religious women drawn from the Women Interfaith Council (WIC) held the prayers in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna in Kaduna state over the weekend.
The solidarity prayer which had in attendance both Muslim and Christian women also had in attendance personalities from the state.
In a key note address at the occasion, Prof. Kabir Mato, Kaduna State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs said women were the vanguard of enshrining peaceful coexistence in any society.
He said women should assume their responsibility as mothers and be at the fore front on the course towards actualising peaceful coexistence.
Prof. Mato noted that the unfolding events across the country particularly security challenges called for attitudinal change and unity amongst both Christians and Muslims.
He said the ugly development affects all and sundry irrespective of ones faith as such, it was the responsibility of all to reverse the ugly trend through prayers.
In a goodwill message Alh. Yusuf Mu’azu, the Administrator of Jema’a local government commended the women for the support given to government towards ensuring mediation for peace in their respective communities.
He said government considered the important role of the women especially in the role of shapening children from the family level, adding that they have a positive impact towards reducing social vices.
Earlier in a welcome address, Hajiya Amina Kazaure, spokesperson of the Association said the group wants to educate women especially in their role towards complementing peace initiatives in the state and country at large.
Also, Sister Anne Falola, Executive Director of the Association said the forum which constituted over 30 Muslim and Christian organizations was concerned with fighting common concerns of women.
She said the Council advocates for women participation in activities aimed at peaceful coexistence, organise training workshops for women on awareness on women issues, reach out to farmers and other groups to ensure peaceful coexistence at the community levels.
The event witnessed recitation from the Holy Quran and Bible-reading while prayers were offered for the peaceful coexistence throughout the Country.