From Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Kaduna has lamented the unabated killings in the Southern Kaduna zone, saying it is time for the government to do the needful to protect lives and property.
The Group stated this in a statement signed by the co- Executive Directors Pastor Dr. James Movel Wuye and Nurayn Ashaka and made available to the media , in Kaduna on Sunday.
The center through its Community Peace Action Network (CPAN) called for peace among the peoples irrespective of ethnic or religious persuasions,, lamenting horrible attacks on innocent citizens describing it as really worrisome, saying “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.
“Our Centre disturbed by the raging attacks, killings, and inhuman abuse of the right to live is a source of concern hence as a faith based organization, that believes in the cardinal doctrines of our faith, which does not accept and condemns killing of innocent life’s and which has no basis in our our faith tradition.
“Our Centre as part of our commitment to foster peaceful coexistence among the people and using this platform and appealing to all Nigerians to join the Community of Champions for Change to bring to a stop the violence and colossal destruction in the affected communities.
“We also appreciate the efforts and commitment and dedication of Nigerian’s that have join their voice to speak against the ugly incidences by their actions to ensure that peace prevails with that region and the country at large.
“The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) is ever ready to support any movie that will bring about the desired peace in Southern Kaduna and in the entire State.
“We are appealing to the citizens within the southern region of the State and other communities; and other part of the country to serve as ambassadors that promotes dialogue and to eschew bitterness and hate speeches; which has the potency to fan the embers of mass atrocities by safeguarding human security and peaceful coexistence and to end the spate of violence in the State and the country in General.
“The Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) wish to call on all relevant government agencies at all levels to intensify efforts in bringing these killings to an end, with a pragmatic framework to end this barbaric situation.
“Mentality in Kaduna State and around the country. As a country that professes belief in God, we are calling on the government, seeing the happenings, that has triggered some groups to blame the game concerning the attacks and wanton killings.”
The Centre therefore called on the government and all relevant agencies and stakeholders to safeguard the lives and property of the people, while making frantic efforts to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the attacks and violence with the view to addressing the upheavals and providing a lasting solution and bringing the culprits to face the wrath of the law.