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Southern Kaduna Indigenes Agree to Cease Fire, Seek Government’s Assistance

The protracted crisis between herdsmen and natives of southern Kaduna  in Nigeria’s north west region seem to be coming to an end.

Representatives of the two groups gave the indication in Kafanchan at a peace and reconciliation meeting  organised by a non governmental organization, Global Peace Foundation, Nigeria, where the two parties all agreed to bury their differences and chart a new course that will move the area forward.

Over the years, there have  been series of communal clashes particularly in Jemaa, Kaura, Kauru and Sanga local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna state  resulting in loss of lives, property and displacement of several families.

Elders from warring Fulani communities and their counterparts from Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) were at the meeting to  resolve the long-standing conflict .

The President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union and the Deputy Chairman of Jamatu Nasril Islam were also part of the  peace and reconciliatory  meeting.

After much deliberations,  leaders of  the two groups  agreed to reconcile their differences and move forward.

They are asking the Federal Government to review the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of persons and goods by checkmating the influx of marauding herdsmen into Nigeria.

And also calling for the establishment of a Development Commission  that will be saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding all  destroyed communities during  the conflict.

At the end of the meeting, active parties in the crisis  expressed optimism that with genuine commitment and resolutions arrived at  will provide a lasting solution to the conflict.

 

Source: Channels TV

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