By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
International Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) has called on government to intensify security response and ensure prompt prosecution of persons found culpable in acts of violence.
The Co-Secretary of IDFP, Alhaji Ibrahim Yahya, said this while donating relief materials at two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Abuja.
The materials were donated at Malaysia Garden IDPs Camp-Apo, and New Kuchigoro, Games Village Camp.
Following an unprecedented rise of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities in recent years, UN General Assembly in 2018 adopted a resolution proclaiming August 22 to commemorate the victims of violence based on region or belief.
The Co-Secretary of IDFP, Alhaji Ibrahim Yahya, speaking at the Malaysia Garden, said that the donation was part of the forum’s two week activities to make “UN International Day for victims of violence based on religion and other believes.’’
Yahya said that the gesture for the maiden celebration of the UN Day celebrated on Every August 22, was necessary to amplify the need for response to the plight of the victims who were often forgotten.
He called on government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) for urgent response to the plight of IDPs for rehabilitation and resettlement.
“The IDFP stands in solidarity with all victims of violence especially those perpetrated in the name of religion and encourages all religious adherents to seek the truth, peace and justice as enshrined in the teachings of the Holy Books”.
The Co-Chairman, Central Coordinator, IDFP, Mohammed Jameel, said the essence of the donation was to commiserate with the IDPs.
“We have come to commiserate, empathise with them and to show them that we are with them and that we are craving for peace in this country and we will continue to support them”, Jameel said.
He called on religion leaders to always preach and do the right thing in order to promote peace.
Mohammed Joshua, the Co-Secretary of IDFP urged religious leaders to continue to assist and provide relief materials to victims of crisis with the believe that such would not necessarily make them to change religion.
Materials donated include, some bags of rice and maize, cartoon of noodles, toiletries, provision and soft drinks and bottle waters.
Chakule Lawal, Chairman of IDP Camps, Malaysia Garden, Apo, receiving the items commended the forum for donation, saying it was gladdening to see both Christians and Muslims come together to see to the problem of displaced person.