Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State has commenced Inter-religious harmony meetings for peaceful coexistence.
Speaking during the meeting, the Sole Administrator of the local government, Alhaji Abdulmumin Yakubu Ashafa called on the people of the area and Southern Kaduna in general to continue to sustain peaceful coexistence for the development of the area.
Ashafa who was speaking during the Inter-religious Harmony Committee meeting held at the Council Chambers of the Local Government Secretariat in Gwantu.
The 27 man committee which was earlier established in the Local Government following a directive of the state government during series of Inter-Religious Harmony Committee meetings Chaired by the Executive Governor of the State, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-rufai, has its members drawn from the two major religious bodies in the area namely: Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI); security agencies, some relevant stakeholders and some key management staff of the Local Government.
Declaring the meeting open, the Sole Administrator said “Sitting down together to build peace is important than anything in any society. We may be practicing different religions but we are all from the same origin. In addition, going by our Holy Books, we are supposed to see ourselves as brothers and good neighbours; not minding the differences that may exist in the way we worship.” He therefore, called on all the people in the Local Government to continue to build on the peace that they have all been enjoying over time. He added, “Any bridge of peace in Sanga Local Government would affect Southern Kaduna. And when Southern Kaduna sneezes, Kaduna State vomits.”
In their responses, both the CAN Chairman of the Local Government, Pastor Michael Maikarfi and the JNI Chairman, Alhaji Danladi Suleiman made commitments to mobilizing their followers to work together to sustain peace for development of the Local Government. Adding to their calls, the Women Leader of CAN in Sanga LGA, Mrs. Jummai Asidi applauded the Sole Administrator for his concern and commitment to peace. She further appealed that no effort should be spared towards ensuring sustainable peace as it is usually women and children that suffer most whenever there is any violent conflict.